Tag: pennsylvania

Penn State researchers determine flavonoid compounds help sorghum’s frost tolerance

Penn State researchers determine flavonoid compounds help sorghum’s frost tolerance

August 11, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, flavonoid compounds—produced by the roots of some sorghum plants—positively affect soil microorganisms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery is an early step in developing a frost-resistant line of the valuable crop for North American farmers. That is important because sorghum is a crop that can respond to climate change because […]

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Biodiesel fraudster sentenced to 84 months in prison and $10.2M in restitution

Biodiesel fraudster sentenced to 84 months in prison and $10.2M in restitution

August 10, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, David Dunham of Bethlehem, PA was sentenced to serve 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay over $10.2 million in restitution by United States District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl. Following a four week trial in April 2019, a federal jury convicted Dunham, owner of […]

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Pennsylvania awards $2.1M in grants for cleaner fuel vehicle projects

Pennsylvania awards $2.1M in grants for cleaner fuel vehicle projects

July 21, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration awarded more than $2.1 million in 2019 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIGs) to 18 cleaner fuel vehicle projects statewide that will help improve air quality and public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. Eighteen vehicle replacement projects, located in 13 counties, will put 82 cleaner fuel […]

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US Bankruptcy Court OKs PES deal on lower RIN obligations

US Bankruptcy Court OKs PES deal on lower RIN obligations

June 4, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper reports that US Bankruptcy Court has greenlighted Philadelphia Energy Solution’s deal with the Environmental Protection Agency to only pay a fraction of its required RIN buy. The agreement stipulates the company only buy $10 million worth of RINs rather than the $35 million required under the Renewable Fuel Standard. […]

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EPA to cap PES’ RIN obligation at $10M

EPA to cap PES’ RIN obligation at $10M

May 11, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, Reuters reports the Environmental Protection Agency has offered to cut Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ RIN obligation by 70%, capping it at $10 million. It is the second time the agency has offered to make such a deal for PES that entered into bankruptcy protection last year after it suffered a major fire. By limiting […]

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CVR Energy looking to convert some refinery capacity to renewable diesel production

CVR Energy looking to convert some refinery capacity to renewable diesel production

May 7, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, Reuters reports that CVR Energy is looking to convert some of its refining capacity to renewable diesel production. The company has claimed that its RIN exposure has negatively impacted its bottom line, so by producing renewable diesel it would reduce that exposure that was $19 million in Q1 2020, $6 million higher than […]

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New Holland, Hemp Association form exclusive pact to power new commodity crop

New Holland, Hemp Association form exclusive pact to power new commodity crop

January 8, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, New Holland Agriculture and the National Hemp Association have signed a deal to “accelerate the return of hemp commodity crop onto farmlands across North America”, under the banner “Pushing Progress Together”. As part of this partnership, the National Hemp Association will participate alongside New Holland at 16 national farm shows throughout North America to […]

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Company making pet food from cultured meat closes see round to bring product to market

Company making pet food from cultured meat closes see round to bring product to market

October 29, 2019 |

In Pennsylvania, Because Animals Inc., a bioscience startup making pet food without animal meat, announced they have closed their seed round of funding with investment from KEEN Growth Capital, Draper Associates and SOSV. These partners bring years of experience building, launching and supporting world-changing startups and immensely successful CPG brands, and their support will be […]

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University of Pennsylvania researchers lead project studying phytoliths in biofuel feedstocks

University of Pennsylvania researchers lead project studying phytoliths in biofuel feedstocks

October 16, 2019 |

In Pennsylvania, an international, multidisciplinary team led by University of Pennsylvania mineralogists used highly sensitive microscopy to study phytoliths, small deposits of minerals containing silicon or calcium present in certain plants. These chemical elements are absorbed from the soil along with other nutrients. The phytoliths lend plants strength and structure and are common in some […]

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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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