Tag: EPA

NBB files opening brief objecting to EPA’s methodology for setting 2018 RVOs

NBB files opening brief objecting to EPA’s methodology for setting 2018 RVOs

July 31, 2018 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board filed an opening brief July 27 in its lawsuit objecting to U.S. EPA’s methodology for establishing the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). NBB specifically disputes three issues with EPA’s final RFS rule for 2018, arguing: -EPA must account for all small refinery exemptions in the annual percentage standard; -the […]

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“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

July 29, 2018 |

Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements The next time they re-make the Wizard of Oz movie, you might just see sorghum growing in the fields along the yellow brick road, thanks to sorghum’s big win last week when the U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become […]

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EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

EPA approves sorghum pathways for biofuel

July 25, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final notice approving a variety of pathways for renewable fuel derived from sorghum, including biodiesel. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final pathway alongside Sens. Jerry Moran and Deb Fisher, Rep. Roger Marshall, the National Sorghum Producers, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The newly approved […]

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Acting EPA administrator to continue on Pruitt’s path with RFS reform

Acting EPA administrator to continue on Pruitt’s path with RFS reform

July 25, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will continue with reforms of the Renewable Fuel Standard unpopular with the biofuel industry including RIN generation from ethanol exports. He said he was open to some of the changes sought by the biofuels industry but will require compromise as well. Year-round […]

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Appeals court says EPA should look again at hardship waiver for WV refinery

Appeals court says EPA should look again at hardship waiver for WV refinery

July 23, 2018 |

In Maryland, Reuters reports that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Maryland has ruled the Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider a hardship waiver denied to Ergon’s 23,500 barrels per day specialty refinery in Newell, West Virginia. The court said the agency relied on “error-riddled” analysis it got from the Department of Energy that […]

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Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

July 18, 2018 |

In Michigan, the biofuels and oil industries went head-to-head at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed blending volumes for 2019 and 2020. The American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency must protect consumers from higher ethanol blended fuels that threaten […]

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Iowa congressional delegation invite acting EPA administrator to see biofuels in action

Iowa congressional delegation invite acting EPA administrator to see biofuels in action

July 17, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and the entire Iowa Congressional delegation invited U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who are counting on EPA to uphold the President’s commitments to maintain the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “Renewable fuels are critical to achieving energy […]

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Senator Heitkamp calls on acting EPA administrator to stick up for year-round E15

Senator Heitkamp calls on acting EPA administrator to stick up for year-round E15

July 16, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp urged Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and live up to the administration’s commitment to a strong RFS and the yearlong sale of E15. Heitkamp invited Wheeler to visit North Dakota to see firsthand the impact of […]

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Senators get reply from EPA, but not the one they were hoping for

Senators get reply from EPA, but not the one they were hoping for

July 14, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators finally got a reply from the Environmental Protection Agency in response to a letter they sent the EPA about the RFS back in April, but not the one they hoped for. The EPA reply said it granted 19 waivers in […]

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EPA backs off from plan to reallocate RINs lost to hardship waivers

EPA backs off from plan to reallocate RINs lost to hardship waivers

July 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has backtracked on an earlier plan to re-allot RIN obligations to other refiners to make up for the 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol demand lost due to hardship waivers granted to smaller refineries. The EPA says the waivers only eliminated demand for 2.25 million gallons. The […]

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