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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE June 11, 2020

Top Story

As EPA Steps Back, States Face Wave Of Requests For Environmental Leniency

By Rebecca Hersher, NPR  •    •  Posted June 10, 2020

Some of the country’s most polluting industries have flooded state regulators with requests to ease environmental regulations, according to an NPR review of hundreds of state environmental records. Companies across the country say the pandemic is interfering with their ability to comply with laws that protect the public from pollution. [ read more … ]

SREs

Biofuel, ag groups demand answers on ‘gap’ year SRE petitions

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 10, 2020

A group of nine biofuel and ag groups sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 requesting more information about small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions the agency has reportedly received for past Renewable Fuel Standard compliance years.
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Markets

Gasoline, Ethanol Prices Equal Again, Signaling Return To Work Is Imminent

By Sal Gilbertie, Forbes  •    •  Posted June 10, 2020

Gasoline futures prices jumped higher after the Friday, June 5, 2020 Unemployment Report release that showed workers returning in droves to payrolls across the US. The increase was really only icing on the cake for a gasoline price rally that began in late April. Most significant was that after Friday’s issuance of the report, the price of gasoline finally equaled again, and actually surpassed for a while, that of ethanol on a per gallon basis, ending a 13 week abnormal trend that saw gasoline trading at a discount to ethanol. [ read more … ]

Commentary

A year after Trump visit to Iowa plant, ethanol industry faces unparalleled crises

By Mike Jerke , Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted June 10, 2020

One year ago — June 11, 2019 — President Donald Trump visited Council Bluffs to help the ethanol industry celebrate the elimination of an outdated regulatory barrier that was stifling demand growth. A week or so earlier, at the president’s urging, the Environmental Protection Agency had completed regulatory changes that finally allow gasoline containing 15% ethanol to be sold year-round across the country.
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Ethanol brings major benefits

By Troy Bredenkamp, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted June 10, 2020

Nebraska’s ethanol industry supports the Nebraska Environmental Trust’s (NET) recommendation to fully fund the Green Plains, Inc. and Nebraska Department. of Environment and Energy grant application aimed at incenting higher ethanol blender pumps at retail locations across Nebraska. [ read more … ]

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