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NEWS UPDATE July 30, 2019

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U.S. EPA set to rule on refinery biofuel waivers requests in coming weeks

By Laila Kearney and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to rule in the next few weeks on 2018 petitions to obtain small refinery waivers from the nation’s biofuel laws, administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Monday. “We’re going through them,” Wheeler told reporters on the sidelines of his visit to Monroe Energy’s oil refinery in Trainer. “We hope to be processing them and making decisions in the next few weeks and month at the most,” he said. [ read more … ]

U.S. Refiners to Learn Fate of Biofuel Waiver Bids in Next Month

By Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

Some small refiners in the U.S. won’t have much longer to wait to hear if they were exempted from biofuel mandates. The Environmental Protection Agency will start deciding on 2018 waivers in the “next few weeks, month at the most,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Monday at an event at Monroe Energy LLC’s Trainer refinery in Pennsylvania. [ read more … ]

Refiner, Ethanol Industries Continue Battle on Small-Refinery Waivers

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

Refining interests are continuing a full-court press on President Donald Trump’s administration to continue granting small-refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard and to maintain a policy that won’t add costs to refiners. On Monday, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler toured Monroe Energy’s refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, where he indicated the EPA still is considering about 40 additional waiver requests for 2018 and would have a decision on those within the next month. [ read more … ]

Wheeler touts rollbacks, blasts critics at refinery tour

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

Toomey used his speech at the refinery to tout his legislation to abolish the corn ethanol requirement under the renewable fuel standard. Co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the “Restore Environmental Sustainability to Our Renewable Energy Act” seeks to remove the corn ethanol mandate and allow greater emphasis on other renewable fuels. Toomey argued the RFS as written drives up the cost of gas and harms the environment. Asked after the event whether he agreed with Toomey, Wheeler, who previously lobbied for biofuel producers, said “the administration does not have an official position on Sen. Toomey’s legislation yet. We’ll wait and see what Congress does.” [ read more … ]

Climate

America’s Farmers, Reeling From Floods, Face a New Problem: No Water

By Mitch Smith, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

For farmers battered by floods and blizzards and one of the rainiest springs on record, this has been a year tainted by too much water. But suddenly, across more than 100,000 acres of Nebraska and Wyoming, there is no water to be found. The dirt is cracking. The beans are turning a sickly yellow. And the corn, which looked so promising just two weeks ago, is straining for fluid through long, scorching days. The countryside is suddenly parched because a century-old tunnel that carries irrigation water across more than 100 miles, from Wyoming to Nebraska, collapsed this month. The cause of the collapse was not yet clear but the effect has been immediate [ read more … ]

Iowans Educate Democrats on Solutions Farmers, Biofuels Offer on Climate Change

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

“Farmers are so well positioned,” Russell told DTN. “Nobody is as well positioned to do this as American agriculture. And it is ours to lose. As a person of faith, that is a great moral failure to have all of those gifts in our wheelhouse to be able to help solve the most pressing problem potentially in the history of humanity, to have the ability to have such a potential impact on an equitable, science-based democratic solution.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Toomey, Feinstein Renew Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Ethanol Mandate

By Office Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa)  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working together to end an egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries. The Toomey-Feinstein Restore Environmental Sustainability to Our Renewable Energy (RESTORE) Actabolishes the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Opinion

An agenda for rural communities

By John Hickenlooper, The Gazette  •    •  Posted July 30, 2019

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been vital for rural economic growth. In Iowa alone, there are nearly 50,000 jobs related to ethanol production and nearly 40 percent of all Iowa corn is used to produce ethanol. As president, I would stop the EPA from issuing waivers to refiners that allow them to dodge the RFS mandate and would oppose any effort to repeal the RFS. [ read more … ]

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