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NEWS UPDATE April 24, 2012

E15 clears federal hurdle, but more obstacles to pump sales remain

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 24, 2012

The U.S. biofuel industry moved another step closer today to making E15 — gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol — available at fuel pumps. Ninety-nine ethanol producers have funded a nationwide fuel survey required by U.S. EPA in partial waivers approving E15, ethanol industry groups said today. The survey is the last federal action required before E15 can be sold to U.S. drivers, the groups said. [ read more … ]

Conrad-Lugar amendment would give energy programs $800M

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 24, 2012

Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) plan to offer a bipartisan amendment to the proposed Senate farm bill that would provide mandatory funding for rural energy programs. The amendment seeks to provide $800 million for the programs over five years, Conrad’s office said yesterday. It will likely be debated tomorrow at a markup on the farm bill, which Senate agriculture leaders released Friday afternoon. [ read more … ]

30 companies settle with EPA over fraudulent credits

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 24, 2012

Thirty companies that purchased millions of fraudulent renewable-fuel credits from two biodiesel producers have reached a settlement agreement with U.S. EPA. [ read more … ]

Ore.’s low-carbon fuel standard faces an uncertain future

E&E  •    •  Posted April 24, 2012

A controversial low-carbon fuel standard in Oregon cannot be implemented until it passes a second time in the state Legislature, and it will not take effect until at least 2015, said Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D) top natural resources adviser last week. [ read more … ]

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