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NEWS UPDATE January 3, 2023

Top Story

EPA clampdown on soot pollution imminent

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2023

Particulate matter in general is among a half-dozen pollutants subject to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards that EPA must periodically revisit to assure that they continue to protect public health and the environment based on the latest research. Fine particulate matter is technically known as PM2.5 because the microscopic specks and droplets are no bigger than 2.5 microns in diameter, or one-thirtieth the width of a human hair. Inhalation is tied to heart attacks, breathing problems and other respiratory and cardiovascular health harms, including heightened vulnerability to the Covid-19 virus. Because soot is directly and indirectly spawned by a long list of sources, any attempt to strengthen exposure limits is also closely watched by business groups. [ read more … ]

E15

Lobbying ramps up over state-specific waivers for year-round E15 sales

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 3, 2023

Biofuels groups, refiners and others are ramping up their competing advocacy over EPA’s upcoming proposal that will likely authorize select Midwestern states to sell 15 percent ethanol (E15) fuel year-round, a move that biofuel producers have long sought, but which oil sector critics say would fragment the fuels market, causing economic losses. [ read more … ]

Congress

Senate Dem agenda: Oversight, permitting, foreign affairs

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2023

Democrats hope to use their expanded Senate majority to push climate and energy policy this year, despite the looming chaos of a divided Congress. While they have no hope of passing another massive bill like the Inflation Reduction Act, Senate Democrats will help dictate how the law’s gargantuan climate are implemented. They could also use their majority to blunt the impact of the coming oversight regime from the Republican House. [ read more … ]

Markets

Company ordered to be more specific about why public shouldn’t see Iowa tax credit appeal

By Tyler Jett, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 3, 2023

In a legal case about whether a tax appeal from the country’s largest ethanol producer is an open record, Iowa Department of Revenue Director Kraig Paulsen has asked the company to make more specific arguments. In a Dec. 20 order, Paulsen wrote that attorneys for ethanol maker Poet did not build a precise enough case when they argued that the company’s tax credit appeal is exempt from public records laws because the information would reveal trade secrets. The Department of Revenue has a 46-year-old policy that tax appeals generally are public information. [ read more … ]

Brazil’s fuel tax exemption to last 1 year for diesel; 2 months for gasoline, ethanol

By Reuters  •    •  Posted January 3, 2023

Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has decided that a federal tax exemption for fuels will last one year for diesel and biodiesel, and two months for gasoline and ethanol, a decree published in the official gazette showed on Monday. Lula had already announced the measure after taking office on Sunday, but the deadline for each fuel was still unclear. [ read more … ]

EVs

Treasury omits leased EVs from made-in-America mandate

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2023

The White House and Joe Manchin are at odds over electric vehicles — again. The latest tiff comes after the Treasury Department released tax guidance last week spelling out how consumers can qualify for up to $7,500 in federal subsidies to buy a clean vehicle. The guidance effectively provides a loophole for leased vehicles by exempting them from the made-in-America manufacturing requirements needed to receive the full value of the subsidy.
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