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NEWS UPDATE June 9, 2020

Top Story

EPA Pressed on Pending Waiver Requests

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted June 10, 2020

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver ruled back in January the agency illegally granted exemptions to three small refineries. In that case, the court said the refiners were not eligible for exemptions because they had not previously received them. Biofuel and agriculture interest groups have alleged EPA now is considering granting small-refinery exemptions for previous years, which could potentially allow refining companies to continue receiving exemptions legally. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pressed for answers on the program in a letter on Tuesday from Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Farmers Union, the American Coalition for Ethanol and Fuels America. [ read more … ]

Production

Can ethanol production momentum continue?

By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfields  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

The CEO of an ethanol plant in southeast Minnesota is not convinced the rebound in ethanol production is sustainable. Randall Doyal with Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont says facilities across the country are coming back online as coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders are lifted. “As soon as the indicators out there said you might be able to at least cover your costs, if not make just a little bit of money, everybody (got back) to producing again.”
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RFS

Corn-state lawmakers ramp up pressure on Trump to protect RFS

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

More than 40 bipartisan lawmakers are calling on Trump to deny requests from oil-state governors to waive this year’s biofuels blending requirements, slamming those requests as “unjustified” and “contrary to the EPA’s well-established precedents.” The lawmakers’ Monday letter to Trump comes as the EPA is weighing how to respond to petitions from six governors to waive the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standards requirements, which they say are causing severe economic harm amid the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

44 members of Congress urge Trump to deny RFS waiver requests

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

In the letter, the members of Congress stress that granting the RFS waiver requests would compound the challenges facing rural America and weaken one of the most successful clean air policies in the U.S. “These waivers directly undermine the RFS and only stand to put more pressure on the ethanol and biodiesel industries, which support over 300,000 high-paying American jobs,” they continued. [ read more … ]

EPA “Anti-back Sliding” Study

30-day comment period opens on RFS anti-backsliding proposal

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

A 30-day public comment period is now open on the U.S. EPA’s proposal to determine that no additional fuel control measures are necessary to mitigate air quality impacts of required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA released a pre-publication version of the finding on May 29 when it announced it had completed a required anti-backsliding study on the RFS and proposed to determine no actions are necessary. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Increases Pollution

By Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

While the ethanol industry has been pummeled by the COVID-19 shutdowns, small refinery exemptions, state requests to waive the RFS, and numerous other problems, a new study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be among the most damaging issue yet. When the RFS was created, it included a requirement to assess the environmental impacts of renewable fuels to ensure environmental standards were maintained and there would be no “backsliding”. A long overdue Anti-Backsliding Study (ABS) was released and it will likely be used by anti-ethanol forces to dismantle the RFS and make higher blends of ethanol impossible. Why? The study came to a simple but potentially devastating conclusion; ethanol provides no benefit to air quality and in fact increases pollution. [ read more … ]

EPA Enforcement Policy

States ask court to block EPA enforcement policy

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

A coalition of nine states on Monday asked a federal judge to block EPA’s March guidance on enforcement nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that each day it remains in place, “the increased pollution it incentivizes will irreparably harm the States.” EPA has always maintained that the policy will not lead to any real-world increases of pollution, but the states argue it is “an abdication of EPA’s statutory duty to protect public health and the environment.” [ read more … ]

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