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NEWS UPDATE February 22, 2022

Top Story

U.S. EPA commits to increasing biofuel use, targets not yet finalized

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 22, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to increasing the use of biofuels, an agency official said on Tuesday, but the industry is still anxiously awaiting the Biden administration to finalize specific blending goals. The Biden administration is open to using every tool to fight climate change in the transportation sector, which includes biofuels, said EPA’s Sarah Dunham, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, at the National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans. [ read more … ]

RFS

EPA: No new SREs filed, 69 SRE petitions currently pending

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producers Magazine  •    •  Posted February 22, 2022

The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption data (SRE) on Feb. 17, reporting that no new SRE petitions were filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the proceeding month. In addition, the agency did not act on any of the 69 SRE petitions that have been pending since mid-January.  There are currently five SRE petitions pending for compliance year 2021, 30 SRE petitions pending for compliance year 2020, 29 SRE petitions pending for compliance year 2019, three SRE petitions pending for compliance year 2018, one SRE petition pending for compliance year 2017, and one SRE petition pending for compliance year 2016. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

An Effort to Make the American Corn Industry Climate-Friendly Has Turned Into a Political Melee in the Midwest

By Alejandro de la Garza, Time  •    •  Posted February 22, 2022

Persuading Iowa farmers to let workers dig a 1,300-mile liquified carbon dioxide pipeline network through their land was never going to be easy, but executives from Navigator CO2 Ventures gave it their best shot. Ethanol refineries in the state release tens of millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year as they ferment corn into fuel, and Navigator had seen a business opportunity in capturing those emissions and burying them underground hundreds of miles away in Illinois. But before they could build the project, they had to try to get locals on board. [ read more … ]

GHG Studies

New study finds ethanol is worse than gasoline for climate, contradicting previous research

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted February 22, 2022

Jeremy Martin, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ fuel policy, said the Wisconsin study reached a different conclusion because it took into account how land would have been used had the federal biofuels policy not been implemented. “This highlights what would have happened had we taken a different course a decade ago, and kept more land conservation cover,” Martin said. “The Midwest would have looked different. And it would have had implications for fertilizer use, for soil carbon, for water pollution.” [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

His climate push stalled, Biden looks to infrastructure law

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 22, 2022

The infrastructure deal passed last year by Congress was written to address climate change over the long term. But increasingly activists see it as one of President Biden’s best tools for cutting emissions right away. One reason is pragmatism. [ read more … ]

Feds predict NEPA delays after court nixes climate metric

By Niina H. Farah, Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 22, 2022

A judge’s order blocking the Biden administration’s application of an interim climate metric will cause sweeping delays in agency rulemaking and stall planned projects requiring new environmental reviews, a White House official said this weekend. Dominic Mancini, the deputy administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said a recent preliminary injunction barring the Biden administration from using an interim calculation of the social cost of greenhouse gases could slow finalization of at least 38 pending rules from four different agencies. [ read more … ]

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