Tag: EPA

EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

January 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has written a letter to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers denying the group’s request for a waiver on the cellulosic biofuel-blending mandate for 2016 of 230 million gallons. Though data through November shows that less fuel was produced than mandated in 2016 as the AFPM argues, the EPA […]

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Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

January 18, 2017 |

In Washington, during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said that during his tenure as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he would keep to the timetables outlined by Congress for the Renewable Fuel Standard and “honor” its original intent. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the top spot has raised […]

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EPA grants Gevo isobutanol right to generate D5 RINs too

EPA grants Gevo isobutanol right to generate D5 RINs too

January 17, 2017 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program. This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to […]

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Genscape says it cooperated with EPA and DOJ on uncovering RIN fraud

Genscape says it cooperated with EPA and DOJ on uncovering RIN fraud

January 11, 2017 |

In Kentucky, Genscape says it will fight the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to revoke its third party ability to verify RINs. The EPA issued the notice last week saying the company had validated millions of false RINs in 2014 but the company responded saying it had issued a notice of potentially invalid RINs (PIR), followed […]

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Sen. Grassley and other GOP senators assured EPA nominee will support RFS

Sen. Grassley and other GOP senators assured EPA nominee will support RFS

January 9, 2017 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa convened a meeting among several senators from biofuels-producing states and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  Grassley organized the meeting because he wanted to convey the importance of biofuels to job creation, energy security, the environment and meeting the country’s […]

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EPA intends to revoke Genscape’s third-party auditor role for RINs

EPA intends to revoke Genscape’s third-party auditor role for RINs

January 5, 2017 |

In Washington, on January 4, 2017, the EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke the ability of Genscape to verify Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as a third-party auditor under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Quality Assurance Program. Under RFS, obligated parties and exporters must obtain and retire RINs to meet their compliance obligations and […]

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American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers asks EPA to waive cellulosic RFS volumes

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers asks EPA to waive cellulosic RFS volumes

January 4, 2017 |

In Washington, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers association filed a petition requesting that EPA waive the 2016 RFS cellulosic volumes to avoid “phantom fuel” compliance payments arising from a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production.  AFPM estimates that a favorable decision on this petition would reduce payments for these non-existent fuels by $50-75 million. In […]

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Court of Appeals sides with EPA on Argentina biodiesel regulations

Court of Appeals sides with EPA on Argentina biodiesel regulations

December 21, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency in the case brought against it by the National Biodiesel Board that argued the EPA held Argentine biodiesel producers to weaker standards than domestic producers. The court ruled the agency’s methodology to ensure land […]

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EPA extends comment periods for REGS and Point of Obligation change

EPA extends comment periods for REGS and Point of Obligation change

December 21, 2016 |

In Washington, on December 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued extensions of the comment periods for two actions: the Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and the Proposed Denial to Change the Point of Obligation. The proposal specified that the public comment period would end on January 17, 2017–60 days […]

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Edeniq gets EPA OK for Flint Hills Resources’ Shell Rock cellulosic ethanol

Edeniq gets EPA OK for Flint Hills Resources’ Shell Rock cellulosic ethanol

December 20, 2016 |

In California, Edeniq, Inc. announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology. Shell Rock is the second plant to receive a cellulosic ethanol registration from the EPA after deploying Edeniq’s Pathway Technology. […]

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