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NEWS UPDATE January 22, 2021

Top Story

Appeals court temporarily blocks EPA waivers

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

A federal court yesterday put a hold on EPA’s latest small refinery exemptions (SREs) from federal biofuel-blending rules, responding to an emergency request from the ethanol industry. The emergency stay ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means EPA can’t act on three exemptions it ordered on the last day of the Trump administration, at least for several weeks. [ read more … ]

Court halts three last-minute Trump biofuel waivers

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

A federal appeals court on Thursday put on hold three biofuel waivers President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency granted small oil refineries a day before Trump left office.
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SREs

Exclusive: Trump’s EPA granted Sinclair Oil last-minute biofuel waivers

By Stephanie Kelly and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Sinclair Oil Corporation waivers that exempt both its refineries in Wyoming from biofuel blending requirements for the 2019 compliance year, two sources familiar with the matter said, making it the only company to have received exemptions for that year so far. The EPA had announced it granted two 2019 waivers to refining facilities on Tuesday night, hours before the departure of the administration of President Donald Trump, but did not identify the recipients. Some 30 other waiver applications for that year remained unanswered. The two waivers went to the 85,000 barrel-per-day Sinclair Wyoming refinery and the 30,000 bpd Sinclair Casper refinery, which is also in Wyoming, the sources said, asking not to be named discussing the matter. [ read more … ]

D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

In response to an emergency motion filed Tuesday evening by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered on Wednesday that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three small refinery petitions must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court.” The order prevents EPA from further processing the small refinery exemptions, at least until the court has had “sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for stay.” EPA has until February 3 to respond to the motion, and any replies are due to the court by February 10. [ read more … ]

EPA

Biden’s EPA pick talks WOTUS, biofuels, environmental justice, importance of ag, and more

By Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

Does the future of advanced biofuels include corn-based ethanol? Corn ethanol is the traditional term used for biofuels. As we start to look at the science, that definition may evolve, based on best management practices, and the processing and the like. When you look at the full life-cycle of corn ethanol, and the evolution of how ethanol is produced and distributed, then it’s somewhere on that trajectory that it fits within that definition. [ read more … ]

Markets

Iowa biodiesel production up in 2020 despite fewer plants operating

By Business Record  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

The production of biodiesel in Iowa increased in 2020 despite only nine of the state’s 11 plants being in operation, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. In a news release, the organization said the state’s biodiesel plants produced 351 million gallons despite challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions [ read more … ]

Record corn crop, rising commodity prices usher in promising new year for farmers

By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

While the markets may not have been in the farmers’ corner for most of the year and the COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc, there was no question about the producers’ ability to produce in 2020. And with commodity prices on the rise, farmers are ringing in the new year on a promising note. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Record corn crop, rising commodity prices usher in promising new year for farmers

By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

While the markets may not have been in the farmers’ corner for most of the year and the COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc, there was no question about the producers’ ability to produce in 2020. And with commodity prices on the rise, farmers are ringing in the new year on a promising note. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Column: Can Biden transform the U.S. energy system?

By John Kemp, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 21, 2021

Presidents can sometimes have a long-lasting impact on the energy system (e.g. rural electrification, tax credits and ethanol blending), but changes are often micro rather than macro, and their role should not be overstated. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.