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NEWS UPDATE December 11, 2012

Court weighs challenge to cellulosic standards

Lawrence Hurley, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2012

A federal appeals court yesterday appeared to be inching toward finding U.S. EPA’s 2012 cellulosic biofuel requirements unlawful.
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit did not, however, appear sure how exactly EPA should calculate its annual requirements, which industry has consistently failed to reach. The American Petroleum Institute challenged the regulation, pointing out the delays in commercializing the fuel. [ read more … ]

U.S. Agricultural Research Is Faltering, Report Warns

By STEPHANIE STROM, New York Times  •    •  Posted December 11, 2012

A blue-ribbon panel of scientific and technology advisers to President Obama warns that the nation risks losing its longstanding supremacy in food production because research in agriculture has not kept up with new challenges like climate change, depleted land and water resources and emerging pests, pathogens and invasive plants.

The president’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, chaired by John P. Holdren, director of the White House office of science and technology policy, and Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, urged a commitment of $700 million in additional money for new agricultural research — but deployed in very different ways than the money that is currently doled out. [ read more … ]

All eyes turn to EPA with major air standards due this week

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 11, 2012

Public health advocates, industry groups and lawmakers this week are anxiously waiting to see whether U.S. EPA will finalize major new air standards for small particles that come from power plants, boilers and car tailpipes. The agency faces a court-ordered deadline of Friday to set new national ambient air quality standards, or NAAQS, for fine particles, also referred to as PM 2.5 or soot. [ read more … ]

Rep. Bob Goodlatte says more corn goes to making ethanol than feeding livestock

  •  Richmond-Times Dispatch  •  Posted December 11, 2012

So Goodlatte’s statement is based on accurate raw numbers, but omits key information that disproves his conclusion that more corn goes to ethanol than livestock feed. On the whole, we rate his statement Half True. [ read more … ]

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