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NEWS UPDATE January 31, 2022

Top Story

Sparking Fears, EPA Claims Discretion To Set Post-2023 RFS Deadlines

By Stuart Parker, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

EPA’s stance exacerbates fears of biofuels groups that the agency will again delay issuance of blending volumes, and thereby push compliance deadlines into unknown territory, making the RFS unpredictable and investment decisions difficult. Responding to biofuels groups’ criticism of its new automatic compliance extension mechanism, EPA says the method “will provide additional certainty to the implementation of the RFS program, not less. Doing so will obviate the need for EPA to engage in rulemaking processes such as this one to adjust compliance deadlines in the future.” [ read more … ]


Rolling in the deadlines

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND BEN LEFEBVRE, Politico  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said the ethanol trade group was concerned with the new approach. “With this final rule, EPA just gave itself the power to perpetually delay implementation of yearly RFS blending requirements and continually kick the can down the road on compliance deadlines,” he said in a statement. “This is not what Congress intended, and this approach could exacerbate the uncertainty and instability around RFS implementation that was created by the past administration.” [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Biden Administration to Reinstate Mercury Pollution Rules Weakened Under Trump

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

The Biden administration is now proposing to return to an Obama-era method of calculating the impact of regulation in a way that considers collateral benefits, such as reducing fine particulate matter and smog, when estimating the gains expected from lower mercury emissions. Using that method would enable the E.P. A. to conclude that the costs of the rule to industry is offset by public health benefits such as prevention of disease and premature deaths. That would provide the legal justification to enforce the existing mercury regulations. The E.P.A. will open the proposal for a 60-day comment period, and is expected to start enforcing the rule later this year. The agency will also take public comments on whether it should tighten the existing mercury regulation even further. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Democrats Put Build Back Better in Joe Manchin’s Court

By Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

Democrats are increasingly willing to accept whatever child-care, healthcare and climate package that Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) would support as they return to Washington this week, hoping to salvage elements of the party’s economic agenda after months of failed negotiations. Party lawmakers have started to change their attitude toward the package as they grapple with the possibility of failing to convert their narrow control of Congress into progress on major party goals. Some have moved away from insisting that the package include particular priorities, instead advocating for the party to notch a result with Mr. Manchin ahead of the midterm elections. [ read more … ]


USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in November

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for January, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in November 2021 was up from both the previous month and November 2020. Total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 521 million bushels in November, up slightly from October and up 8 percent when compared to November of the previous year. Usage included 92.2 percent for alcohol and 7.8 percent for other purposes. [ read more … ]

Calif. weighs help for oil workers in green future

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

California officials are brainstorming how to help oil industry workers as the state moves to phase out fossil fuels and replace gasoline-powered vehicles with electric cars. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office and legislators are talking to unions representing industry workers, and a new state Assembly document outlines potential solutions. But it’s a complex quandary, raising questions about whether to guarantee workers their current salaries and benefits as their jobs disappear. [ read more … ]


Electric cars on show in Washington as Biden pushes for green revolution

By Patrice Worthy, The Guardian  •    •  Posted January 31, 2022

The Washington DC Auto Show has been showcasing alternative fuel vehicles for 15 years, but this is the first year an entire pavilion was dedicated to electric vehicles, or EVs. In part, you can thank the current occupant of the nearby White House for that. If Joe Biden has his way with his ambitious $2.2tn Build Back Better plan there will be 50% zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030. The Biden administration also has plans to convert an estimated 600,000 of its fleet to alternative fuels as part of a renewed commitment to combat climate change. [ read more … ]

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