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NEWS UPDATE January 31, 2023

Top Story

‘SCOTUS bait’: Legal battle over Calif. waiver begins

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

California’s decades-old right to impose its own automobile emissions standards could be on a collision course with a Supreme Court that has recently widened the target for challenges against EPA climate action. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on California’s waiver in September. Environmental attorneys say the case could eventually land at the Supreme Court amid a conservative push to challenge the limits of the executive branch. [ read more … ]

E15

Missouri Attorney General sends letter urging the EPA to ease red tape around ethanol fuel

By KTTN News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

In an effort to enforce the laws as written, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and six other attorneys general sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency) Administrator Michael Regan and Director of Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young, urging the Biden Administration to follow the law and allow the EPA to issue regulations allowing the sale of year-round E15 ethanol gasoline in their states. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Pipeline survey law enforcement varies by Iowa county

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

The projects have prompted significant debate about property rights, primarily centered on whether the private companies should be allowed to use eminent domain to force easements with landowners. But some residents have also tried to prevent the companies from surveying their land. Those surveys help determine the precise path and depth of the pipe, and Iowa law allows the surveys after companies have held informational meetings about their projects and have given landowners and tenants a 10-day notice of the surveys.
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Mead Ethanol Plmt

Contaminants from AltEn plant found in more homes, streams and soil

  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

Residents near the closed AltEn ethanol plant were told Monday night that contaminants found in area homes were “significantly higher” than those found in houses in Omaha and another rural community, Kennard. But investigators with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University said that more research is needed to determine if the relatively low levels of the class of pesticides called “neonicotinoids” would be harmful to human health, given long-term exposure in the area. [ read more … ]

Markets

Stellantis weighs producing ethanol hybrid vehicle in Brazil

By Alberto Alerigi Jr., Reuters  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

Stellantis is considering the production and sale of a hybrid vehicle powered by electricity and ethanol in Brazil by 2025, and plans to launch a new brand in the country this year, the company’s chief operating officer for South America said on Friday. Antonio Filosa said the company plans to launch 16 new models and seven electric and hybrid models in the region by 2025, in a plan that aims to boost French brands Peugeot and Citroen without losing sight of Fiat and Jeep’s market leadership. [ read more … ]

Exxon Mobil sets large-scale hydrogen plant start-up for 2027

By Sabrina Valle, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

The unit is part of Exxon’s efforts to create a new business to make money out of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from other companies looking to decarbonize their own operations. Exxon estimates 10% or more of return for the business. Exxon has budgeted $7 billion for hydrogen, carbon capture and biofuels projects between 2022 and 2027. A final investment decision for the hydrogen project is expected by 2024. [ read more … ]

EVs

Why Wyoming won’t build Biden’s EV chargers

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2023

“Wyoming has no desire to establish infrastructure that will likely fail,” the state said in its plan for how to spend EV-charging dollars from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law. At the heart of the conflict are the federal government’s strict rules over how frequent high-power stations should be along the nation’s interstate highways. The Biden administration says that to assuage Americans’ doubts, the plugs should be installed every 50 highway miles, no matter how remote the site is. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.