Tag: EPA

EIA says 2018 SRE demand destruction at about 1.43 billion gallons

EIA says 2018 SRE demand destruction at about 1.43 billion gallons

October 28, 2019 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration says on August 9, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had granted 31 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) for the 2018 compliance year, or 4 fewer than were approved for the 2017 compliance year. As of October 2019, two SRE applications were […]

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Iowa Senator vows to call for EPA head’s head if he doesn’t replace missing gallons

Iowa Senator vows to call for EPA head’s head if he doesn’t replace missing gallons

October 28, 2019 |

In Washington, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she is putting the pressure on the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to follow through with President Trump’s promises to make up for gallons lost from small refinery hardship waivers, but she is clear that if he doesn’t follow through then she is going to ask for […]

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RFA says newly available court documents show some SRE beneficiaries didn’t even qualify

RFA says newly available court documents show some SRE beneficiaries didn’t even qualify

October 23, 2019 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association says newly available court documents assert that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inappropriately granted Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance exemptions to certain small refineries that did not even qualify for the waivers, and that there was division within the Trump administration about its new approach to small refinery hardship […]

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Coalition files petition challenging EPAs small refinery hardship waiver approval process

Coalition files petition challenging EPAs small refinery hardship waiver approval process

October 23, 2019 |

In Washington, a coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organizations filed a petition Tuesday afternoon with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain unknown small refineries from their respective Renewable Fuel Standard obligations for 2018. The coalition includes […]

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POET’s Cloverdale ethanol plant closes despite EPA deal

POET’s Cloverdale ethanol plant closes despite EPA deal

October 22, 2019 |

In Indiana, POET’s Cloverdale plant went ahead and shut its doors last Friday, laying off around 50 workers and only keeping enough staff on hand for security reasons, following an initial announcement in August. The company blames the “missing gallons” as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of 31 small refinery hardship waivers […]

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President Trump losing blue collar and farmer base following latest EPA move

President Trump losing blue collar and farmer base following latest EPA move

October 17, 2019 |

In Washington, Newsweek reports that President Trump’s latest move regarding the missing gallons from the Renewable Fuel Standard has caused such a backlash in his major constituencies of farmers and blue collar workers working in oil refineries that pundits say he may never get them back. The president of Elite Octane even went so far […]

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EPA administrator says ethanol deal around 15 billion gallons, not 16 billion

EPA administrator says ethanol deal around 15 billion gallons, not 16 billion

October 9, 2019 |

In Washington, Successful Farming reports that less than 48 hours after Reuters reported President Trump saying the new ethanol deal will get ethanol demand to close to 16 billion liters, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said that in fact it would “net out” at about 15 billion gallons after small refinery hardship waivers […]

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EPA puts biofuels policy work on hold awaiting White House guidance

EPA puts biofuels policy work on hold awaiting White House guidance

October 2, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily stopped working on ways to help farmers by compensating for missing gallons due to its recent approval of 31 hardship waivers for small oil refineries, apparently waiting for direction from the White House before furthering policy development. But the White House and the President […]

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RFA responds and corrects EPA statements about ethanol demand and SREs

RFA responds and corrects EPA statements about ethanol demand and SREs

September 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., in a letter sent to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association noted several misstatements in testimony offered recently to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and provided background information to help the Agency better understand the real impacts of small refinery exemptions (SREs). “In […]

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Bipartisan group of Representatives ask EPA to restore lost RFS volumes

Bipartisan group of Representatives ask EPA to restore lost RFS volumes

September 25, 2019 |

In Washington, a bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prospectively restore RFS volumes lost to small refinery exemptions. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the House group also asked the Agency to stop the practice of “rubber-stamping” requests for exemptions, […]

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