Tag: EPA

EPA administrator doesn’t appear to be budging on hardship waiver stance

EPA administrator doesn’t appear to be budging on hardship waiver stance

July 30, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency told a closed-door hearing last week that hardship waivers have not created demand destruction for ethanol. Despite President Trump ordering the Cabinet to review the hardship waiver program and how waivers are granted, the EPA administrator does not appear interested to alter how […]

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EPA says 2018 hardship waiver decisions to be ready in less than a month

EPA says 2018 hardship waiver decisions to be ready in less than a month

July 29, 2019 |

In Pennsylvania, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said they are currently reviewing the 2018 applications for hardship waivers by small refiners with decisions expected in the next few weeks or a month at the latest. The agency has come under fire by both ethanol proponents for its seemingly lax standards […]

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EPA to hold 2020 RVO public hearing on Wednesday

EPA to hold 2020 RVO public hearing on Wednesday

July 29, 2019 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a public hearing to be held in Ypsilanti, MI on July 31, 2019 for the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021.” The hearing will be held at the following location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 […]

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ACE tells EPA administrator of ethanol’s environmental benefits not taken into account in LCA modeling

ACE tells EPA administrator of ethanol’s environmental benefits not taken into account in LCA modeling

July 25, 2019 |

In Washington, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s CEO highlighted the important role corn ethanol could have in further reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if properly valued under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, informing the agency of a recently published meta-analysis showing that corn stover […]

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Senator Grassley says DOE found small refineries facing little or no “hardship”

Senator Grassley says DOE found small refineries facing little or no “hardship”

July 24, 2019 |

In Washington, contrary to assertions by the EPA, the Energy Department confirmed in a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that the EPA has issued so-called “economic hardship” exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to small refineries, often owned by billion-dollar oil companies, even when the Energy Department found that the refineries faced little […]

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Small refiners say they’ll sue EPA if hardship waivers not ruled upon within 60 days

Small refiners say they’ll sue EPA if hardship waivers not ruled upon within 60 days

July 18, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that if the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t rule on hardship waiver applications within 60 days from July 16, small refiners have vowed to sue the agency in federal court. There are still 40 application waivers outstanding from 2018 that required decisions by March 31, 2019. New applications must be ruled upon […]

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Oil industry asks EPA to not allow USDA access to information in small refinery waiver applications

Oil industry asks EPA to not allow USDA access to information in small refinery waiver applications

July 9, 2019 |

In Washington, DTN reports that a lawyer from Perkins Coie has written to the Environmental Protection Agency administrator on behalf of oil refineries opposing the agency from sharing data provided by refiners in their applications for small refinery hardship waivers with the USDA. The letter says the USDA has no legal authority over the hardship […]

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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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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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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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