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NEWS UPDATE May 1, 2020

Top Story

U.S. calls ingredients in some ethanol-based hand sanitizers unsafe

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 1, 2020

The Trump administration has tightened restrictions on the use of ethanol in hand sanitizer, citing safety concerns and forcing some suppliers to halt sales at a time of soaring demand, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters. The crackdown is meant to protect consumers from potentially dangerous impurities in hand sanitizer, but could worsen shortages at a time when households, hospitals and nursing homes need sanitizer to fight the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

Market

Vilsack: Iowa ethanol industry is in ‘very, very serious shape’

By Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted April 30, 2020

Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and USDA secretary, referred to the cascading impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the biofuels industry at a time when it has been weakened by the EPA small refinery waivers. “It is in very, very serious shape,” he said. [ read more … ]

Kansas Ethanol facing hard times

By Alice Mannette, The Topeka Capitol Journal  •    •  Posted April 30, 2020

Two Kansas ethanol plants lay idle. The other nine decreased production – most by at least 40%. As gas prices continue to decline, so do ethanol prices. “It’s a tough time in our industry,” said Mike Chisam, CEO of Kansas Ethanol in Lyons. “Crude oil has gone into negative territory. Gas demand is not expected to return to normal until 2021.” [ read more … ]

EIA says US ethanol production falls again, stocks drop sharply

By S&P Platts Global  •    •  Posted April 30, 2020

US ethanol production averaged 537,000 b/d for the week ended April 24, a decrease of 26,000 b/d, setting another 12-year low for the third straight week, data from the Energy Information Administration showed Wednesday. Production was down 487,000 b/d year on year. [ read more … ]

U.S. ethanol demand spiked in latest week, but it’s still far from normal

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 30, 2020

U.S. fuel ethanol production hit another record low last week, but stocks came off their record highs, their first decline in five weeks, a sign that demand is slowly coming back and that production has either bottomed or is very close to doing so.
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Car Rule

Competitive Enterprise Institute floors it on safe vehicle challenge

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted April 30, 2020

The publication of the SAFE Vehicles rule in today’s Federal Registermeans it’s open season in court for the auto emissions rollback. California and its allied states, as well as environmental and public health groups, are expected to file legal challenges over the next 60 days. But the first suit out of the gate may be from the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. [ read more … ]

2020

Biden tweaks his environmental campaign message amid coronavirus pandemic

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 30, 2020

Those higher pollution levels, said Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), a physician and Biden backer, “provide for a toxic environment that puts people’s health at a disadvantage to confront the covid-19.” Citing the Harvard study, which has not been peer reviewed, Ruiz told reporters Wednesday in a call set up by the Biden campaign he was especially troubled by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject stricter national standards for soot levels and to overhaul a mercury pollution rule for power plants. [ read more … ]

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