Tag: RFS

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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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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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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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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