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NEWS UPDATE November 19, 2012

E.P.A. Upholds Federal Mandate for Ethanol in Gasoline

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 17, 2012

he Environmental Protection Agency declined on Friday to relax its requirement on the use of corn ethanol in gasoline, rejecting a request from several states related to a steep decline in the nation’s corn production. A summer drought that withered crops led to a spike in prices, hurting the livestock industry and others that depend on corn for food. Estimates indicate that as much as half of the nation’s crop will be used to produce ethanol this year to meet the federal renewable energy standard for transportation fuel. [ read more … ]

EPA denies waiver of corn-based fuel requirements

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 19, 2012

U.S. EPA rejected requests by governors of major livestock-producing states to waive federal corn-ethanol mandates in response to the searing drought. In denying the requests, EPA said the governors had failed to show the renewable fuel standard had caused severe regional or statewide economic harm. The agency also declared it “highly unlikely” that waiving the volume requirements for corn ethanol would affect corn, food and fuel prices. [ read more … ]

Request to waive ethanol mandate denied by EPA

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Des Moines Register, Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted November 19, 2012

he Obama administration rejected a request Friday from several states and livestock groups to waive a federal mandate that requires millions of gallons of ethanol to be blended into the country’s gasoline supply. The Environmental Protection Agency said it found no evidence “of severe economic harm” that was necessary to justify granting a waiver. [ read more … ]

Livestock-state officials ‘disappointed’ with EPA waiver decision

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 19, 2012

Officials and lawmakers from livestock-producing states say they are disappointed in U.S. EPA’s decision to reject requests to waive federal corn ethanol mandates for up to a year in response to the drought. EPA this morning announced it was denying the requests from several livestock-state governors on the grounds that the petitioners had failed to demonstrate that the renewable fuel standard had caused severe economic harm. The agency also found the standard did not have a significant effect on corn, food and fuel prices (Greenwire, Nov. 16) [ read more … ]

Obama on Climate Policy: Not Just Now, Thanks

By JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 19, 2012

Environmental advocates have expressed frustration with the lack of discussion of climate change in the presidential race this year, a reticence that persisted even after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. On Wednesday, in his first post-election news conference, President Obama offered his most extensive remarks on climate change in months. They did not particularly thrill environmentalists [ read more … ]

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