Tag: EPA

EPA provides guidance on corn kernel fiber pathway

EPA provides guidance on corn kernel fiber pathway

May 9, 2019 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has provided guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol facility satisfies the applicable regulatory requirements. Public confidence in the volumes of cellulosic ethanol produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) […]

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EPA receives waiver application input from DOE but no date on decisions

EPA receives waiver application input from DOE but no date on decisions

May 2, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has at last received input from the Department of Energy on its recommendations regarding the 2018 hardship waiver applications submitted by smaller refineries. There are currently 40 outstanding applications awaiting decision from the 2018 compliance year. The long-awaited decision could come around the end of May […]

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EPA denies NWF and API’s requests to extend comment period on year-round E15

EPA denies NWF and API’s requests to extend comment period on year-round E15

April 30, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Wildlife Federation as well as the American Petroleum Institute requested that the Environmental Protection Agency extend the public comment period for the proposed rule. EPA sent letters explaining our denial of these requests to each of these organizations, saying that the 39-day comment period was sufficient time to get feedback from […]

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White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

April 30, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that following push back from the oil industry, the White House has put the kibosh on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to publish the names of companies seeking hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The White House hadn’t reviewed the proposal put forward by the EPA on […]

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Advanced Biofuels Association seeks preliminary injunction against EPA over SREs

Advanced Biofuels Association seeks preliminary injunction against EPA over SREs

April 24, 2019 |

In Washington, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) filed a motion on Wednesday for a preliminary injunction to prevent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) to release obligated parties from compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA. […]

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More than 25,000 comments received so far for EPA’s proposed E15 rule

More than 25,000 comments received so far for EPA’s proposed E15 rule

April 23, 2019 |

In Washington, with less than a week left before the public comment period closes, more than 25,000 comments have been received on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to allow year-round E15 blending under the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure waiver. The proposed rule was published on March 21 and the agency expects to be able […]

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National Farmers Union worried proposed EPA rule will make it harder to sell higher ethanol blends

National Farmers Union worried proposed EPA rule will make it harder to sell higher ethanol blends

April 22, 2019 |

In Washington, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works towards allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline, National Farmers Union (NFU) is concerned EPA’s proposed rule will make it harder for retailers to sell higher level blends of ethanol. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, NFU President Roger Johnson urged EPA to rewrite […]

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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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RIN prices rise on the back of expectation EPA won’t approve some waiver applications

RIN prices rise on the back of expectation EPA won’t approve some waiver applications

April 15, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that RIN prices rose last week on the back of statements from the administrator of Environmental Protection Agency’s that the agency may reject some applications for hardship waivers due to RIN prices being so low. RINs for 2018 compliance rose on Thursday to 13 cents from 8 cents while RINs for […]

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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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