Tag: EPA

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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Advanced biofuels industry asks EPA to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens to advanced biofuel production

Advanced biofuels industry asks EPA to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens to advanced biofuel production

June 13, 2019 |

In Washington, member companies and organizations from the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), the Coalition to Address Removal of Regulatory Impediments (CARRI), and others with interest in deploying sustainable fuels sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum to urge the Agency to finalize provisions in the proposed Regulatory Enhancement Growth Support (REGS) rule to […]

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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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EPA on track to get 2020 RFS mandate set by November 30 deadline

EPA on track to get 2020 RFS mandate set by November 30 deadline

June 11, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is on track for releasing the ethanol blending mandate for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard by the November 30 deadline, having already sent the proposal to the White House on May 6 and to the Office of Management and Budget on May 20. The biodiesel […]

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EPA seen unveiling watered-down version of RIN market reform

EPA seen unveiling watered-down version of RIN market reform

May 27, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has received pushback from lawmakers regarding some of its proposals to reform how the RIN market operates, saying the proposals need more time to study, so the agency will likely reveal a watered-down version of its plans before month’s end. President Trump had asked the agency […]

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House Biofuels Caucus member send letter to EPA supporting year-round EPA

House Biofuels Caucus member send letter to EPA supporting year-round EPA

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, 20 members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), who sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the year-round sales of E15. The lawmakers called on EPA to finish lifting outdated […]

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Senator Duckworth seeks independent investigation into EPA’s hardship waiver process

Senator Duckworth seeks independent investigation into EPA’s hardship waiver process

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to launch an independent investigation into whether top EPA officials violated the law by inappropriately exempting a number of oil refineries from having to use legally required levels of biofuel. A recent report from Reuters exposed […]

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Appeals court shoots down ABA’s temporary injunction request against EPA

Appeals court shoots down ABA’s temporary injunction request against EPA

May 22, 2019 |

In Washington, the Washington Examiner reports that the US Court of Appeals in DC has ruled against the request by the Advanced Biofuels Association to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from ruling on applications for hardship waivers with a temporary injunction, but the court’s one-page ruling didn’t include why it denied the request for the […]

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EPA eased hardship waiver criteria four months before court decision

EPA eased hardship waiver criteria four months before court decision

May 16, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency eased its hardship waiver application approval criteria four months before the legal case that it uses to justify the easier process that has been saving the oil industry money while jeopardizing the ethanol industry. “EPA repeatedly told Congress its hands were tied and blamed the courts. […]

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EPA confirms year-round E15 will be ready by June 1

EPA confirms year-round E15 will be ready by June 1

May 15, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency still expects to have regulations for year-round sales of E15 ready in time for the summer driving season that kicks off on June 1. An agency spokeswoman who confirmed the timeline didn’t get any insight into how far along the EPA is in its process. There […]

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