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NEWS UPDATE January 10, 2023

Top Story

EPA Warned RFS Threatens Soybean Crush

By Todd Neeley, Progressive farmer  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

New soybean crush plants have started to spread across the countryside like a prairie fire during the past couple of years, as companies have seized on demand for soybean oil to produce biomass-based diesel and renewable diesel. Then came EPA’s proposed multiyear Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2023 to 2025, acting like a cold splash of water on a burning-hot industry.
The proposed RFS calls for biomass-based diesel volumes below actual production for the next three years.
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RFS

RFA: EPA’s 2023-2025 RVO Proposal a ‘Firm Foundation’ for Future of RFS

By RFA  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

Proposed volume obligations for 2023-2025 bolster the Renewable Fuel Standard and provide growth opportunities for the ethanol industry, the Renewable Fuels Association said this morning in verbal testimony provided at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing. [ read more … ]

E15

Gasoline Prices Are Set to Rise If Corn-Belt States Win Fuel Fight

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Chunzi Xu, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

Ethanol supporters insist the oil industry is exaggerating the potential disruption. “These are sophisticated companies that have been operating these systems for decades” or more, said Renewable Fuels Association head Geoff Cooper. “They know how to run multiple products through these systems and how to make changes quickly.” The EPA already tried using regulation to extend the volatility waiver to E15, but a federal court tossed it out after a legal challenge from oil refiners. And legislation that would enshrine the change in federal law is unlikely to clear Congress anytime soon.
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Commentary

The New RVOs, Not as Clear Cut as it Might Appear

By Bradley Schad, Missouri Corn Growers Association  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

EPA could only be persuaded to keep volume limits high if there were no obstacles to higher blends, and the demand for clean octane ethanol was in place. Fortunately, we have an answer for that—the Next Generation Fuels Act. We say goodbye to Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who retired but left us with a terrific piece of legislation to continue the fight. That bill would increase octane levels, require automobiles to over time be warranted up to 30% blends, control toxic aromatic compounds currently used for octane, ensure replacement octane additives to meet a 40% GHG reduction, require use of the GREET Model, provide the RVP waiver for any blend, and address other issues. [ read more … ]

Climate

U.S. Carbon Emissions Grew in 2022, Even as Renewables Surpassed Coal

By Elena Shao, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

America’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry increased 1.3 percent in 2022, continuing to rebound from an abrupt pandemic decline in 2020 but not quite reaching prepandemic levels, according to preliminary estimates published Tuesday by the Rhodium Group, a nonpartisan research firm. Emissions ticked up even as renewable energy surpassed coal power nationwide for the first time in over six decades, with wind, solar and hydropower generating 22 percent of the country’s electricity compared with 20 percent from coal. Growth in natural gas power generation also compensated for coal’s decline. [ read more … ]

Biden admin releases plans to cut CO2 from transportation

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

The Biden administration released a blueprint on Tuesday to “eliminate nearly all” greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by 2050, outlining its plans to not only promote electric vehicles but also encourage changes to local zoning and planning laws. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

After a Decade, Federal Officials Tighten Guidelines on Air Pollution

By Victoria St. Martin, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

For the first time in a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tougher standards for pollution from PM 2.5, small, inhalable airborne particles about one-thirtieth of the width of a human hair that are linked to a range of health harms, from heart and lung ailments to asthma and other respiratory conditions. The EPA announced plans on Friday to lower the annual standard for PM 2.5 from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter to between 9 and 10 micrograms per cubic meter. Environmental activists, who have long urged the government to tighten its regulations, said the new proposal doesn’t go far enough in addressing the hazards from PM 2.5. [ read more … ]

Despite Burden, California Backs EPA’s PM Plan But Seeks Tougher Rules

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

Despite the daunting compliance challenge California is expected to face from EPA’s plan to strengthen fine particle (PM2.5) limits, state officials are welcoming the agency’s proposal and even asking for stronger standards, though they are also pressing for stronger state and federal controls on mobile sources such as trucks and ships. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) in a Jan. 6 statement says EPA should consider going even further than Administrator Michael Regan has proposed so far, by tightening the annual health-based national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for PM2.5 more than EPA suggests, and also by tightening a 24-hour health-based limit as well. [ read more … ]

EPA blueprint: Soot proposal would affect Calif. the most

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

The analysis forecasts a much greater impact if the agency opts to cut the annual limit to the lowest level recommended by an agency advisory committee, though it notes that option also carries much higher compliance costs. The analysis, released Friday in tandem with the proposed blueprint, outlines the complex boundaries of what could be a stiff fight ahead. [ read more … ]

US Safety Agency to Consider Ban on Gas Stoves Amid Health Fears

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

A federal agency says a ban on gas stoves is on the table amid rising concern about harmful indoor air pollutants emitted by the appliances.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to take action to address the pollution, which can cause health and respiratory problems.  “This is a hidden hazard,” Richard Trumka Jr., an agency commissioner, said in an interview. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”  [ read more … ]

EVs

How carmakers are crafting the EV-charging experience

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 10, 2023

All of these charging networks follow the playbook of Tesla, which since the company’s early days has created a premium experience for its drivers through its Supercharger network. Unlike Tesla’s plug plazas, which bar other users and are intended only for Teslas, these chargers are meant for use by any EV — though drivers of the right kind of car will have an experience that’s just a bit better. Mercedes, for example, went to pains to point out the advantages that will accrue to Mercedes owners. [ read more … ]

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