Tag: RFS

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

September 17, 2019 |

Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Special to The Digest As we speculate on the details and implications of the administration’s renewable fuels deal, the future of an entire green industry hangs in the balance. The debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has become muddied with rhetoric about special interests and government […]

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New research shows 78% of Iowa voters support boosting the RFS

New research shows 78% of Iowa voters support boosting the RFS

September 3, 2019 |

In Iowa, new public opinion research shows a decisive 78 percent of voters in Iowa support expanding biofuel usage in the U.S. through the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. In addition, 77 percent of voters said it’s important to them that the president keep his promises on supporting the RFS. The Iowa Biodiesel Board commissioned the […]

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DC district court rules EPA right in its 2014-2016 RFS rulemaking

DC district court rules EPA right in its 2014-2016 RFS rulemaking

September 2, 2019 |

In Washington, Courthouse News reports that a DC district court ruled last Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency was right in its rulemaking of the Renewable Fuel Standard, ruling against complaints by both the oil industry who said blending mandates for 2014-2016 were too high as well as the biofuel industry who said they were […]

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Iowa’s governor and ag secretary write EPA administrator outlining damage waivers have on ethanol industry

Iowa’s governor and ag secretary write EPA administrator outlining damage waivers have on ethanol industry

August 21, 2019 |

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SRE’s) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Reynolds and Naig also extended an invitation to Administrator Wheeler to come to Iowa and see the devastating […]

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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stands behind RFS as it is

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stands behind RFS as it is

August 14, 2019 |

In Indiana, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has come out swinging against the Trump Administration’s position on hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying in his strategy to support rural America that he will “stop the abuse” of the waivers and stand by the RFS as written. He says by allowing […]

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EPA Strikes Icy Blow to Ag & Biofuels: 31 waivers hit heart of American farmers and biofuels

EPA Strikes Icy Blow to Ag & Biofuels: 31 waivers hit heart of American farmers and biofuels

August 10, 2019 |

EPA might have a new name in some circles – Exemptions for Petroleum Agency – thanks to the 31 small refinery waivers issued on Friday which has the biofuels and agriculture industries reeling after promises made by President Trump to look into why big oil companies were getting these exemptions intended for small biorefineries and […]

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Toomey, Feinstein renew effort to repeal ethanol mandate

Toomey, Feinstein renew effort to repeal ethanol mandate

July 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) renewed their efforts to get rid of the corn ethanol mandate in the RFS. According to Senator Toomey’s statement, they “are working together to end an egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of everything from […]

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EPA’s proposed RFS biofuel volumes for 2020 being slammed by biofuel industry

EPA’s proposed RFS biofuel volumes for 2020 being slammed by biofuel industry

July 7, 2019 |

Maybe it was too many fireworks, too many hot dogs, or the summer heat in D.C., but the EPA came back the day after the 4th of July holiday with a whopper for next year’s biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard that have the farming and biofuel sectors reeling in frustration and disappointment. Maybe […]

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Senate bill focusing on small refiner exemptions from RFS introduced

Senate bill focusing on small refiner exemptions from RFS introduced

June 15, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on Friday. The bill sets a June 1 deadline for small refiners to submit petitions for exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), requires transparency in filing in place of the current confidential waiver process, requires the […]

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Bipartisan group of Senators ask EPA to active renewable electricity within RFS

Bipartisan group of Senators ask EPA to active renewable electricity within RFS

June 13, 2019 |

In Washington, a bipartisan group of nine Senators led by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency administrator this week urging action to activate the renewable electricity pathway in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Senators’ letter follows a provision in the Interior-EPA Appropriations bill signed […]

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