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NEWS UPDATE January 2, 2022

Top Story

Australia to raise biofuels consumption: USDA

By Argus Media  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

Under the new fuel quality standard, Australia aims to reduce maximum aromatics content in the gasoline pool to 35pc from 42pc on a volumetric basis. Ethanol will be the primary substitute for aromatics and Australia will need to approximately triple its bioethanol use on the year to 550mn l in 2022. Additional ethanol demand in 2022 will be met mostly from imports, according to the USDA, as there are no indications that domestic capacity will increase in the short term. [ read more … ]

RFS

EPA publishes RVO proposals in Federal Register, seeks comments by Feb. 4

By OPIS  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

EPA will accept comments through Feb. 4 on its proposed 2022 and 2021 blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as well as potential retroactive changes to the final 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO). The agency’s package of proposals, which was released on Dec. 7, was published Tuesday in the Federal Register.  [ read more … ]

E15

Ag Awaits SCOTUS Decisions on Big Cases

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

In October, Growth Energy asked the Supreme Court to consider whether EPA has the authority to allow year-round E15 sales and whether an appeals court erred in vacating the rule. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court on Dec. 8, the EPA asked the court to deny the ethanol industry petition. The industry said in a Dec. 21 reply brief that the court of appeals’ “incorrect conclusion” that Congress intended the Clean Air Act’s waiver to apply only to E10 “will have serious negative consequences.” Year-round sales of E15 have been limited because the fuel has been ineligible for the 1-psi Reid vapor pressure waiver that allows the sale of certain ethanol fuel blends at 10 psi during the summer ozone season. The Reid vapor pressure waiver is a measure of the volatility of gasoline. [ read more … ]

Courts

Year in review: 2021 paved the way for enviro law action

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

President Biden’s first 11 months in office have brought new environmental regulations for litigants to spar over — and new judges to referee the disputes. The year’s biggest environmental law milestone — the Supreme Court’s October decision to review EPA’s climate authority — is thought to be the direct effect of former President Trump’s work to reshape the federal courts, which Biden is now attempting to recalibrate. The unusual case asks the justices to weigh in on the scope of EPA’s power to issue climate rules under the Clean Air Act, even though no such regulation is currently on the books.
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Pollution

‘We’re Being Wrapped in Poison’: A Century of Oil and Gas Development Has Devastated the Ponca City Region of Northern Oklahoma

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

When Earl “Trey” Howe III returned home here after four years of military service, the first thing he noticed was the smell. Howe grew up in and around Ponca City, the site of the Phillips 66 refinery, one of the oldest and largest crude oil refineries and tank farms in the country. The smell from the plant—a sulfur-rich odor somewhere between rotten eggs and freshly paved asphalt—was so constant, he’d never even noticed it.  But now, it seemed to follow him everywhere.  [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Nebraska Town’s Environmental Disaster is Tragic Reminder of Why We’re Journalists

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

I write a lot of stories but perhaps nothing as important as when I was part of the editorial team at DTN that started asking tough questions about what was unfolding in Mead. We wanted to know why the ethanol plant in the town of 608 west of Omaha was allowed to store distillers dried grains contaminated with pesticides on facility grounds and what, if any, oversight was conducted of where unused treated seed ends up. Mead residents reported numerous health issues from what they said was a strong odor emanating from the plant. They expressed concern to state and local officials about how plant owners AltEn LLC’s actions may have affected groundwater. Through our reporting we learned a lot about the plant, including that a large volume of pesticide-treated seed was disposed of there by major seed companies. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Opinion: The 3 biggest contributors to our sickly air: wildfires, fracking, and auto emissions

By Timothy E. Wirth, Colorado Sun  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

Aromatics make up 20% of every gallon of gasoline we buy at the pump, and their emissions make the ozone problem worse and create a variety of other harms to public health. Aromatics are responsible for 30-40% of ozone production in urban areas, and are the most important source of secondary organic aerosols, which are the largest contributor to cancer risks nationwide. More than 95% of the particulate emissions from gasoline are caused by aromatics in the fuel. We should learn from our Brown Cloud experience and back out these aromatics with a clean-burning oxygenated fuel, and again ethanol can come to the rescue. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Joe Biden’s EPA is headed in the right direction on biofuels

By Geoff Cooper, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

While these steps all are positive, EPA’s package does include some frustrating and confusing aspects. The most glaring fault is the inexplicable proposal to reach back in time and lower the 2020 RFS volumes. But aside from the proposal to revisit the 2020 standard, EPA’s new package could indeed help put the RFS “back on track” and set our industry up for growth in 2022 and beyond. [ read more … ]

Markets

Deere pairs with start-up to swap diesel for ethanol in its engines

By Herb Trix, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer is partnering with a Chicago-area company to reduce harmful emissions from its equipment by replacing diesel fuel with ethanol. Quad Cities-based John Deere is working with ClearFlame Engine Technologies of Geneva, Illinois, where CEO B.J. Johnson says their initial work was on a Cummins X-15 engine from an on-road semi. [ read more … ]

ADM Wants Ethanol Lawsuit Dismissed

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

Archer Daniels Midland asked a federal court in Nebraska to dismiss an ethanol markets lawsuit filed by Green Plains Inc. and for a change of venue in the case, according to motions filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Green Plains filed a new lawsuit in the Nebraska court in October, alleging ADM conducted a scheme to illegally depress the ethanol cash spot market beginning in November 2017. Green Plains alleges ADM’s actions harmed its business. [ read more … ]

Applications for $700M in COVID relief for biofuels due Feb. 11

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 2, 2022

Biofuel producers who experienced market losses in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will have until Feb. 11 to file an application with the USDA seeking a portion of the $700 million in relief funds to be awarded under the Biofuel Producer Program. The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service on Dec. 13 published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the application window and application requirements for the $700 million in COVID-19 relief funds announced by the agency earlier in the month. [ read more … ]

 

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