Tag: RFS

EPA Reopens REGS Rule to Address SREs

EPA Reopens REGS Rule to Address SREs

April 21, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that on April 11, EPA initiated the process for reviving one provision within the Nov. 2016 Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule in an effort to provide more transparency regarding small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the RFS program. EPA had proposed to codify a determination that […]

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EPA revives rule that could release biofuel waiver refiner names

EPA revives rule that could release biofuel waiver refiner names

April 14, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moved forward in what is considered as a win for the corn industry with its first step in reviving part of a rule that could reveal the names of oil refineries that applied for exemptions that have been marking controversy recently. The waiver program has been critiqued […]

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New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

March 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., new research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin provides the most detailed and comprehensive assessment to date of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level environmental changes following passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard 10 years ago, according to the […]

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Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

February 14, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that five Republican Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz have sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying they would have a hard time voting to confirm him into the position unless he finds ways to lower the regulatory burden for independent oil refiners by reforming […]

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The Problem of Invalidated RINs in the RFS

The Problem of Invalidated RINs in the RFS

January 6, 2019 |

In California, Mike Newman of Parhelion Underwriting said that under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the EPA imposed a “buyer beware” approach to the purchase and sale of RINs. This creates a liability for any buyer of RINs, making them responsible for purchases of invalid RINS, even if it’s done inadvertently. The liability includes the replacement […]

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EPA RVO – Details on the digits and reactions ‘round the country

EPA RVO – Details on the digits and reactions ‘round the country

December 2, 2018 |

What a whirlwind weekend after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced their final renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2019. “It’s just numbers,” some say, but oh no, not in the biofuels world. It’s never just numbers. This time it’s about waivers, fixing the damage done, and ensuring a bright future […]

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Congressmen propose bill that would drop RFS and focus on octane instead

Congressmen propose bill that would drop RFS and focus on octane instead

November 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Congressman John Shimkus (Illinois-15) and Congressman Bill Flores (Texas-17) released a discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.  “I’ve been engaged in the biofuel debate my entire career in Congress,” said Shimkus, whose district includes significant corn and soybean producers as well as major ethanol and oil refiners. “In this Congress – […]

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Democratic congressmen send letter to EPA over widespread issuance of hardship waivers

Democratic congressmen send letter to EPA over widespread issuance of hardship waivers

October 17, 2018 |

In Washington, Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Danny Davis (D-IL) led a letter signed by 17 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concern over the Trump Administration’s widespread issuance of waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). With transportation emissions representing the bulk of U.S. greenhouse emissions, the decision to flout RFS […]

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NGL Crude pays $25M penalty for RFS fraud and retires $10M in RINs

NGL Crude pays $25M penalty for RFS fraud and retires $10M in RINs

September 30, 2018 |

In Oklahoma, NGL Crude Logistics LLC agreed to pay $25 million civil penalty and agreed to retire $10 million in renewable fuel production credits as part of the settlement with the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Justice and EPA alleged that NGL entered into a series of transactions with […]

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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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