Tag: EPA

EPA may seek public comment on RIN transparency during 2019 RVO consultation

EPA may seek public comment on RIN transparency during 2019 RVO consultation

May 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to take advantage of the forthcoming public comment period on 2019 renewable volume obligations to also seek input on potential reform of the RIN market as it tries to boost transparency in the $9 billion market that has been accused of manipulation. The EPA […]

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Grassley has had enough of EPA administrator if he doesn’t stop granting RIN waivers

Grassley has had enough of EPA administrator if he doesn’t stop granting RIN waivers

May 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Senator Chuck Grassley has taken to Twitter to tell the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator to clean up his act on hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuels Standard or to start looking for another job. The senator has held back from supporting calls for the administrator’s resignation despite pressure from other […]

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EPA sent 2019 and 2020 RVOs on time to the White House for review

EPA sent 2019 and 2020 RVOs on time to the White House for review

May 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will likely publish 2019 ethanol blending and 2020 biodiesel blending volumes on time following records released by the Office of Management and Budget that showed EPA has submitted its proposals to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The agency is required to set […]

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Midwest biofuels groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic ethanol

Midwest biofuels groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic ethanol

May 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and toward pathway approvals for cellulosic ethanol. The letter was signed by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Wisconsin BioFuels Association, South Dakota Ethanol […]

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Advanced Biofuels Association takes EPA to court over hardship waivers

Advanced Biofuels Association takes EPA to court over hardship waivers

May 2, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Advanced Biofuels Association submitted a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC to review whether the Environmental Protection Agency violated laws by granting so many hardship waivers in recent months to smaller refiners. With major companies like Andeavor that had $1.5 billion in net profit last […]

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Eighteen Senators push EPA to approve E15 year-round

Eighteen Senators push EPA to approve E15 year-round

May 1, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt highlighting the benefits of year-round E15 sales. The letter comes weeks after the president indicated he supported such a waiver. Thune and Rounds want Pruitt to provide an […]

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EPA granted hardship waiver to CVR Energy’s Wynnewood, OK refinery

EPA granted hardship waiver to CVR Energy’s Wynnewood, OK refinery

May 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency granted a hardship waiver to Carl Icahn’s CVR Energy Wynnewood, Oklahoma refinery, allowing the refiner to abscond on its RIN compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard, avoiding tens of millions of dollars in RIN purchases. The facility had been denied waivers under the Obama administration. Icahn, […]

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EPA refinery waivers created demand destruction of at least 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016-17

EPA refinery waivers created demand destruction of at least 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016-17

April 25, 2018 |

In Washington, the EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion gallons, according to an analysis of the agency’s own monthly compliance data by the Renewable Fuels Association. The Secretary of Agriculture told the […]

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EPA seeking candidates for Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee

EPA seeking candidates for Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee

April 25, 2018 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by Fall, 2018. Sources in addition to the Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. […]

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EPA announces biomass from managed forests will be considered carbon neutral

EPA announces biomass from managed forests will be considered carbon neutral

April 23, 2018 |

In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Agency issued a statement of policy making clear, that future regulatory actions on biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. The Agency will also […]

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