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NEWS UPDATE February 5, 2021

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Bill would force Nebraska ethanol plant to stop using pesticide-treated seed corn

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

State lawmakers were urged Wednesday to quickly advance and pass a bill that would force an ethanol plant near Mead to stop using pesticide-treated seed corn to produce fuel. Nearby residents have been complaining since 2018, without resolution, about adverse health effects and potential groundwater contamination from tens of thousands of tons of pesticide-laden corn waste after the ethanol process at the AltEn plant, a state legislative committee was told. Former State Sen. Loran Schmit said he was mystified that the state had permitted the facility near Mead to use excess seed corn, coated in pesticides, to produce ethanol. [ read more … ]


Midwest Senators Press EPA to Review Three Trump Small-Refinery Exemptions

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 5, 2021

After a federal court granted a stay on three small-refinery exemptions granted by the Trump administration on the way out the door, a group of Midwest senators asked the EPA on Wednesday to review the three exemptions. A number of biofuels and agriculture groups have filed several lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s use of the Renewable Fuel Standard exemption program. In a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Jane Nishida, the senators ask the agency to take actions not only on the SRE program but on E15 and the 2021 renewable volume obligations for the RFS. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Red states side with Trump in Calif. waiver fight

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

A coalition of Republican attorneys general yesterday urged a federal appeals court to swiftly resolve a legal battle over former President Trump’s decision to scrap California’s vehicle emissions waiver. Top attorneys from 12 states asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reject the Biden administration’s Monday request to pause the litigation.
The Republican attorneys general hailed from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

EPA Administrator Nominee Says RFS is Priority

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

The nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency says the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be a priority for the new administration. “You have my commitment that we will look at the RFS program and we will introduce some transparency into that program,” nominee Michael Regan said Wednesday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “We will let science lead us and we will follow the letter of the law as it was intended for that program.” [ read more … ]


Bipartisan bill would force EPA to reassess biofuel emissions

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Klobuchar, along with four of their colleagues, introduced legislation Wednesday that would require EPA to update its modeling on biofuel greenhouse gas emissions. With Biden’s EPA likely to tighten greenhouse gas requirements for cars and trucks, biofuel producers are desperate to prove that their product can be an alternative to electric vehicles for reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector.  [ read more … ]

‘Counterintuitive’: The planet warmed as virus reduced CO2

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

The sprawling economic consequences of the pandemic “slightly warmed the planet” for several months last year, according to research released this week. The warming blip started in March as the wildly spreading coronavirus shut down industries and subdued transportation around the world. Such diminishing activity leads to less planet-warming emissions. So what gives? [ read more … ]


Office glut comes to Texas as oil bust leaves towers empty

By John Gittelsohn and Joe Carroll, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

For all the talk of workers fleeing pricey coastal cities such as New York and San Francisco, one of the most troubled spots in the U.S. commercial real estate market is deep in the heart of Texas. Houston ended last year with a 24% office-vacancy rate, the highest of any major U.S. city, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. After years of construction to accommodate an oil boom that’s now gone bust, buildings are sitting empty, values are plunging and mortgage defaults are piling up. [ read more … ]

How Biden’s push for electric vehicles could impact corn producers

By SIERRA DAWN McCLAIN, Capital Press  •    •  Posted February 4, 2021

Because America’s oil industry is worried, oil giants are trying to form an alliance with groups they’re typically at odds with — corn and biofuel producers. The oil industry is asking biofuel groups to help lobby against Biden’s push for electric vehicles, but so far, they have met with a cool reception from biofuel leaders. Derrick Morgan, senior vice president at American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, an oil refining trade group, confirmed to Reuters it has been contacting representatives of corn and biofuel industries across the U.S. in recent weeks asking for help lobbying against electric. [ read more … ]



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