Tag: Washington

NBB Fair Trade Coalition slams Commerce’s review decision on Argentine biodiesel imports

NBB Fair Trade Coalition slams Commerce’s review decision on Argentine biodiesel imports

July 3, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition has criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a “changed circumstances” review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. Commerce preliminarily found that Argentina’s recent changes to its export tax regime eliminated certain government subsidies provided to Argentina’s biodiesel producers. If these […]

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Gasolinegate unmasks collusion between EPA and oil industry over three decades

Gasolinegate unmasks collusion between EPA and oil industry over three decades

July 2, 2019 |

In Washington, three decades of inaction, neglect, and collusion with the oil industry by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has masked the true emission impacts of gasoline and caused significant harm to the public, according to a new report.  EPA’s headliner stories of the day questioning ethics and integrity are just the tip of […]

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Global Ethanol Summit launched for October in hopes of boosting consumption

Global Ethanol Summit launched for October in hopes of boosting consumption

July 1, 2019 |

In Washington, with the goal of engaging a broad array of global ethanol leaders about the benefits of expanding global ethanol use, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announce registration is open for the first-ever Global Ethanol Summit (GES), scheduled for Oct. 13-15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Interested […]

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Senator John Kennedy tells Ag Secretary to stay out of hardship waivers issue

Senator John Kennedy tells Ag Secretary to stay out of hardship waivers issue

July 1, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue in a letter that he will block the confirmation of department nominees until the USDA stops interfering with a program that protects Louisiana’s small refineries from financial devastation. He said at issue are hardship waivers – called Small Refinery […]

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NTSB publishes initial report on April ethanol train crash in Texas

NTSB publishes initial report on April ethanol train crash in Texas

June 27, 2019 |

In Washington, National Transportation Safety Board published its preliminary report Monday for the agency’s investigation of the April 24, 2019, derailment of a Union Pacific Railroad train near Fort Worth, Texas. Union Pacific train UEBLTG 20 was a 6,122 foot-long, high-hazard flammable, key train carrying denatured ethanol in 96 loaded rail tank cars. Twenty-five of […]

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Republican Senators write EPA seeking support for smaller refineries to counter Dem push

Republican Senators write EPA seeking support for smaller refineries to counter Dem push

June 27, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to “stand with the hardworking men and women of small refineries across the country”, and […]

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Biochips ready for Next-Gen Sequencing: researchers

Biochips ready for Next-Gen Sequencing: researchers

June 26, 2019 |

In Washington, a group of researchers from Seoul National University have explored the role of biochips in driving next-generation sequencing. Biochips are essentially tiny laboratories designed to function inside living organisms, and they are driving next-generation DNA sequencing technologies. This powerful combination is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell […]

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NBB to EPA’s Wheeler: Refinery exemptions destroying demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel

NBB to EPA’s Wheeler: Refinery exemptions destroying demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel

June 26, 2019 |

In Washington, The National Biodiesel Board advised EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a letter of economic damage to the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry from the agency’s retroactive small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter takes issue with the Administrator’s recent comment that the approval of year-round E15 sales will make up […]

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DOE looking for nominations for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

DOE looking for nominations for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

June 25, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy has called for nominations to its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, applications for which are due on June 30. Nominations this year are needed for the following categories in order to address the Committee’s needs: (D) 2 prominent engineers or scientists from government (non-federal) or academia that […]

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Senators call on EPA to update outdated environmental analysis on ethanol

Senators call on EPA to update outdated environmental analysis on ethanol

June 25, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of senators urging the EPA to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol in order to improve foreign sales opportunities. ‘During the past five years, ethanol has been the […]

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