Tag: Washington

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 The lawmakers called on EPA to finish lifting outdated […]

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Senators introduce bill to allow use of biomass from federal land restoration areas for biofuels

Senators introduce bill to allow use of biomass from federal land restoration areas for biofuels

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the use of biomass from certain federal lands needing ecological restoration in the making of renewable fuels to promote healthier forests, more carbon sequestration, cleaner transportation fuels and strong protections for old growth forests. Current law does not allow the […]

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ACE brings white paper on corn ethanol to key Senators

ACE brings white paper on corn ethanol to key Senators

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings highlights the scientific and economic opportunities U.S. farmers and biofuel producers hold to support climate change mitigation and get the rural economy back on track in a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) as the Senate […]

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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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Thirteen trade groups ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax incentive

Thirteen trade groups ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax incentive

May 22, 2019 |

In Washington, thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate, asking them to take action on bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax incentive. “America’s farmers and rural communities are facing a mounting economic threat. With your leadership, Congress […]

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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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US Grains Council says US-China trade war hitting crush margin by 10 cents a gallon

US Grains Council says US-China trade war hitting crush margin by 10 cents a gallon

May 16, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the US Grains Council says the ethanol industry is hurting badly as a result of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, saying that without the tariff, the US could supply 90% of China’s import demand. The USGC’s chief economist said that margins would expand 10 cents per […]

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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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House Reps reintroduce bill seeking to limit RFS to below the blend wall

House Reps reintroduce bill seeking to limit RFS to below the blend wall

May 13, 2019 |

In Washington, the Oil and Gas Journal reports that a bipartisan group of Representatives have represented a bill that looks to limit ethanol blending under the Renewable Fuel Standard to just 9.7%. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) are seeking to keep ethanol blending specifically under the 10% blend wall, a move supported by […]

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