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NEWS UPDATE May 22, 2020

Today’s Biofuels News will not publish on Memorial Day. It resumes on Tuesday, May 26.

Top Story

5 takeaways from Wheeler’s Senate grilling

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 21, 2020

Barrasso said he was troubled by EPA’s record on the RFS and needs to provide relief to refiners. The senator signed on to a letter sent to Wheeler earlier this week saying that the agency should reduce biofuel blending requirements for oil refiners. “The consequences of the decisions that have been made by the EPA are going to be devastating for communities in Wyoming and elsewhere,” said the committee’s chairman. But Wheeler also heard from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), another panel member, at yesterday’s hearing, who said the biofuel industry is hurting, too, during the pandemic. [ read more … ]

RFS Waiver/EPA

Wheeler Tells Senate Committee Ethanol, Oil Producers Face Tough Time

By Todd Neeley, DTN Reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2020

Though ethanol and oil producers face virtually the same economic challenges from the COVID-19 economic shutdown — lower demand for fuel and lots of supply — EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said during a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee on Wednesday that he’s been focused on helping refiners. “I have talked with a number of small refiners all over the country and we are working with them to see what we can do to help them during this time,” Wheeler told the committee. [ read more … ]

EPA chief says no decision yet on industry requests to reduce 2020 biofuel mandates

By Valerie Volcovici;. Reuters  •    •  Posted May 21, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not yet decided whether to grant requests from the oil refining industry to reduce biofuel blending mandates this year, agency chief Andrew Wheeler told lawmakers in a hearing on Wednesday. The oil industry and several state governors had asked the EPA to issue a nationwide waiver to trim back the blending mandates to reduce regulatory costs on refining companies, as they struggle with low fuel demand caused by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

RFS

Groups blast rumors EPA may slightly raise blending mandates

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 21, 2020

A report that EPA may slightly raise the biofuel blending requirement under the renewable fuels program next year is sparking a new round of complaints from groups on either side of the issue. According to a Reuters report citing unnamed sources, EPA has proposed increasing the amount of biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply from 20.09 billion gallons this year to 20.17 billion gallons next year. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

EPA panel asked to review public health benefits of ethanol

By By Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted May 21, 2020

The Urban Air Initiative sent a letter to the COVID-19 Review Panel within the EPA’s Science Advisory Board asking them to look at the research that shows the impact gasoline additives have on tailpipe emissions and air pollution. The review panel asked the question, does long term exposure to pollution increase the susceptibility of respiratory viruses like COVID-19. Studies show that 40 percent of particulate emissions in urban areas come from gasoline vehicles. [ read more … ]

Markets

EIA: US Ethanol Stocks Down 4th Week From Record High; Output Up

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted May 21, 2020

Ethanol supply in the United States was drawn down for the fourth consecutive week since reaching a record high as plant output remained below blending demand during the week ended May 15, the Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday, May 20. EIA reported a 600,000-barrel (bbl) decline in domestic ethanol inventory to a better-than-four-month low 23.6 million bbl, 200,000 bbl above a year ago. Ethanol stocks are down 4.089 million bbl or 14.8% from a record high reached April 17. [ read more … ]

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