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NEWS UPDATE September 5, 2022

Top Story

With little prospect of relief, Iowa drought spreads at critical time for corn, soybeans

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 5, 2022

“We have had a bit of a reprieve last week with some more moderate temperatures,” said Dennis Todey, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames. “But the heat is coming back this week, and it looks very likely the lack of precipitation is really going to be a problem. Drought is going to increase almost assuredly over the next couple of weeks.” [ read more … ]

RFS

U.S. expected to announce 3 years of biofuel blending mandates in Nov -sources

By Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 5, 2022

The Biden administration is expected to announce a rule this year that would detail annual biofuel blending mandates for the refining industry for a three-year period instead of just for one, three sources familiar with the discussions said. The switch to a multi-year target would be aimed at providing longer-term certainty to the refining and biofuels industries, which have battled nearly constantly over the annual mandates since they began more than a decade ago under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard [ read more … ]

Markets

California’s ban on gas-powered cars worries Minnesota’s corn and soybean farmers

By Christopher Vondracek, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted September 5, 2022

“We are not California. Minnesota has its own plan, and it’s been endorsed by Consumer Reports as a smart way to increase, rather than decrease, options for consumers,” Walz told the Star Tribune in a statement. “In Minnesota we know we need to take a multi-pronged approach, which is why I’ve long supported biofuels. Our priority is to lower costs and increase choices so Minnesotans can drive whatever vehicle suits them.”
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Iowa ethanol plant fined for ongoing excessive air pollution

By JARED STRONG, Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted September 5, 2022

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy is located just south of Council Bluffs in an industrial area along Interstate Highway 29. The company has failed to properly maintain its air pollution control equipment — either by not replacing malfunctioning parts or by not cleaning the equipment — which has led to numerous excessive emissions, a recent DNR administrative order said. The company has also failed to report those emissions to the DNR in a timely manner. Specifically, the ethanol plant has released too much formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acrolein that are byproducts of its fermentation process and “are known to cause adverse health effects,” the order said. Some of the violations are ongoing. “Actual harm to the environment and public health may have occurred due to the amount of pollutants that were and are being emitted,” the order said.
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Biden Administration

White House announces regulations, DOE nominees

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 5, 2022

President Joe Biden has selected environmental law expert Richard Revesz to lead his regulatory office, a move widely seen as a victory for the establishment wing over the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Revesz, who founded the think tank Institute for Policy Integrity, has deep experience in environmental law and policy. He has spent years on EPA advisory panels and was in the running to lead the agency before the job went to Michael Regan. [ read more … ]

John Podesta joins White House, Gina McCarthy exit

By Scott Waldman, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 5, 2022

President Joe Biden is reshaping his White House energy and climate team. Gina McCarthy will depart her White House post and John Podesta is joining Biden’s team as a senior adviser, the president announced today. Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative who served as a senior White House climate adviser during the Obama administration, will oversee the spending from the major climate and clean energy bill that was just enacted, Biden said. McCarthy’s deputy, Ali Zaidi, will take over as national climate adviser. [ read more … ]

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