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NEWS UPDATE May 15, 2020

Top Story

Group of 24 House Members Press EPA for RFS Waiver

By Todd Neeley, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted May 15, 2020

A group of 24 members of the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing the EPA to grant a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver request recently made by the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. The representatives from those states said in a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Monday, the refining industry cannot wait much longer for agency action. “The current, suppressed worldwide demand for motor fuels has placed the refining sector in a precarious economic situation that is only magnified by these federal regulations,” the lawmakers said in the letter.
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HEROES Act

5 energy, environmental issues at play in new aid package

By George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

Even backers of the House’s $3 trillion pandemic aid package say it will have to change significantly if it’s to become law. That means intense lobbying and negotiations will only increase. The House Rules Committee will met yesterday to debate the legislation, H.R. 6800, the largest bill yet to address the COVID-19 virus. House lawmakers are set to return today to pass it.
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Biofuels groups praise ethanol provisions in HEROES Act

By The Hagstrom Report  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

Biofuels groups on Tuesday praised the inclusion of the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program in the HEROES Act unveiled by House Democrats. The provision would authorize the Agriculture Department to provide 45 cents per gallon of ethanol produced from Jan. 1 through May 1, 2020. Producers forced offline for one or more calendar months during this time would qualify for the same credit, based on half the volume produced during the corresponding month or months in 2019. [ read more … ]

EPA/Pandemic

Nine U.S. states sue EPA for easing environmental enforcement amid pandemic

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

Nine states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for relaxing a range of companies’ compliance and monitoring requirements with federal clean air and water laws in response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the policy is too broad and not transparent. Under the temporary policy announced on March 26, the EPA said it would not seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory analysis, training, and reporting or certification obligations in situations where the EPA agrees that COVID-19 was the cause. [ read more … ]

Clean Air Act

New Court Filing: EPA’s Anti-Competitive Limits on Ethanol Blending Are Illegal

By Kim Trinchet, Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

Attorneys for a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organizations filed their opening brief arguing that EPA regulatory barriers that prevent ethanol from competing for greater market share are illegal. The brief was filed in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Oral arguments in the case are expected this Fall. [ read more … ]

Market

Gevo’s Luverne facility to remain idle

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

Patrick Gruber, president and CEO of Gevo Inc., said on May 12 he expects the company’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, to remain idle for the remainder of the year. The company’s plant in Silsbee, Texas, however, continues to produce renewable gasoline and jet fuel. Gruber discussed operations at both facilities during the company’s first quarter earnings call.
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Big U.S. corn stocks could swell further as more gaps may lurk in old-crop demand

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

There are just under 16 weeks left in the 2019-20 U.S. corn marketing year, and balance-sheet shakeups are still in progress, particularly amid the unprecedented fall in ethanol production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently made some aggressive changes to projected corn demand as a result, with the latest adjustments coming on Tuesday. Some of those moves warrant additional scrutiny, as they could drastically alter the expected supply levels four months from now.
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2020

Trump to visit Pa. targeting Biden, Green New Deal

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 14, 2020

President Trump is traveling to Pennsylvania today amid efforts by his campaign to portray Democratic rival Joe Biden as a climate activist and job killer. Officially, the visit is about the coronavirus pandemic. Trump will tour Owens & Minor Inc. a medical distribution center outside Allentown that provides masks, surgical gowns and other personal protective equipment to hospitals across the country. [ read more … ]

 

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