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NEWS UPDATE March 26, 2020

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The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus plan

By New York Times  •    •  Posted March 26, 2020

The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a sweeping, $2 trillion fiscal measure to shore up the United States economy as it weathers the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, advancing the largest fiscal stimulus package in modern American history. The House was expected to quickly take up the bill on Friday and pass it, sending it to President Trump for his signature. [ read more … ]

U.S. Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Adds Billions in Support for Farmers

By P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 26, 2020

The U.S. coronavirus stimulus bill that U.S. senators will vote on would add $14 billion to the Agriculture Department’s Commodity Credit Corp spending authority, and authorize another $9.5 billion for U.S. farmers hurt by the fast-spreading pandemic, according to a copy of the bill’s text. The $2 trillion bipartisan legislation, set for a Senate vote on Wednesday, is aimed at alleviating the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

Coronavirus

Minnesota ethanol producer ramping up production of industrial alcohol used in sanitizers

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted March 25, 2020

Chippewa Valley Ethanol at least has some consolation during grim times for the biofuel industry. The west-central Minnesota company also churns out industrial alcohol, a key ingredient in hand sanitizer. “It’s nice to have a little product diversity,” said Chad Friese, Chippewa Valley’s CEO. “In a market like this, it makes a difference. [ read more … ]

Green Plains ethanol plant to produce hand sanitizer

By NTV  •    •  Posted March 25, 2020

A Nebraska ethanol company is helping the cause, as donates industrial ethanol to be turned into hand sanitizer. Green Plains, the largest producer of ethanol in Nebraska is going to donate industrial alcohol from its York plant to the state at no charge.
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Funding to Refill Oil Reserve Cut From Stimulus But Could Return

By Stephen Cunningham, Ari Natter, and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 25, 2020

Funding for President Donald Trump’s plan to fill up the nation’s emergency oil reserve to help struggling drillers cope with the price crash failed to make it into the latest stimulus legislation but could return in other forms. Lawmakers eager to get the stimulus package to the president essentially opted to defer a fight over whether to pair the oil purchase with funding for clean energy. But the issue could arise as Congress takes up additional coronavirus-related legislation in coming weeks. [ read more … ]

SREs

‘Astonishing’: Trump EPA backs down on biofuel waivers in blow to U.S. refiners

By Richard Valdmanis and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 26, 2020

“It is astonishing that President Trump has abandoned our country’s small-refinery workers and the communities that rely on these critical facilities in this time of national crisis and economic uncertainty,” said Chet Thompson, head of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers group. Refiners involved in the court case have asked for a rehearing, but it is unclear if the requests would be granted in the absence of support from the EPA. The biofuels industry, meanwhile, cheered the decision. [ read more … ]

DOJ Decides Not to Appeal SRE Ruling

By  Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 25, 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice did not file an appeal before the Tuesday deadline on a recent court ruling on the small-refinery exemptions program. A review of the court docket in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver by DTN shows the only appeals filed come from the three small refiners who were the subject of a biofuels industry lawsuit. Because an EPA appeal was not filed, the agency is set to implement the court’s Jan. 24 decision nationwide. [ read more … ]

Small refiners appeal ruling, Trump silent

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted March 25, 2020

Several small refiners on Tuesday appealed a federal court’s January ruling that would restrict EPA’s authority to exempt them from biofuel blending requirements, HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining, the refiners directly affected by the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, went so far as to call the ruling a “death knell” in their Tuesday request for an en banc rehearing. [ read more … ]

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