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NEWS UPDATE February 2, 2023

Top Story

Court Stays RFS Compliance for Refiners

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

Two small refineries will not be required to blend more ethanol to comply with their 2021 obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard, after a federal appeals court issued a stay pending an appeal on EPA’s retroactive rejection of small-refinery exemption requests for the companies. On June 3, 2022, EPA denied 69 SRE petitions for compliance years 2016 to 2021, based on what the agency said was a revised approach to exemptions.
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RFS

Biogas Poised to Seize RFS Potential

By  Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

This past December, EPA proposed adding an electric-renewable identification numbers program, or e-RINS, to the Renewable Fuel Standard to grow biogas-based electricity production to help fuel electric vehicles. During a recent public hearing, environmentalists expressed concern the new program would lead to a proliferation of new confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, as more farmers try to capture the potential value of methane from increased manure production.
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Pollution

The EPA Moves to Limit This Pollutant That Hurts Black People Disproportionately

By Adam Mahoney, Capital B  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

Every year, the pollutant, which exists as tiny droplets in the air that are one-thirtieth the width of a strain of hair, leads to anywhere from 85,000 to 200,000 premature U.S. deaths. For the first time in over a decade, however, the federal government has moved to reduce the pollutant’s hold on American life. In early January, the Biden administration proposed a rule to limit the industrial pollutant by as much as 25%.  [ read more … ]

Gas Stoves Are Back Under Scrutiny With New US Limits Proposed

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

The Energy Department proposal, published Wednesday, sets first-of-their-kind limits on energy consumption for the stoves, drawing fear from the industry that the regulation could effectively end the use of some products from the market. The proposal also sets energy usage standards for electric cook tops and new standards for both gas and electric ovens. Natural gas stoves are used in about 40% of homes in the US. They emit air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter at levels the EPA and World Health Organization have said are unsafe and linked to respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems, cancer and other health conditions, multiple studies have said. [ read more … ]

Congress

Manchin, Westerman plot new push for permitting reform

By Emma Dumain, Kelsey Brugger, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

Capitol Hill’s permitting reform effort got new life Wednesday as two top Senate and House lawmakers held an initial summit on reviving the overhaul bid. This time, the House could take the lead.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) are discussing the path forward for the stalled permitting reform effort. [ read more … ]

Markets

What Exxon and Chevron Are Doing With Those Big Profits

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

Exxon Mobil made $56 billion in profit last year, its largest annual haul ever. Chevron earned $36 billion, also a company record. But after a bountiful 2022, the outlook for those companies and other big oil and gas producers is cloudy. They benefited for much of last year from higher prices for nearly all fuels as the continued recovery from the pandemic slowdown increased demand and the Russian invasion of Ukraine strained supplies. The landscape already looks different. [ read more … ]

3 things to know about Biden’s Alaska oil decision

By Heather Richards, Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

A massive oil and gas project in the Arctic sits on a knife’s edge — and along with it perhaps President Joe Biden’s climate legacy — as administration officials weigh whether to approve an $8 billion drilling project on federal lands that’s fiercely opposed by environmentalists. [ read more … ]

EPA

Regan stays, for now, but advocates fear replacement would lack EJ drive

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 2, 2023

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says he has no plans to leave the agency despite reports that he is considering such a step but environmental justice (EJ) advocates are extremely worried that should he depart, whoever replaces him would not bring the same commitment to EJ issues as the nation’s first Black man to serve as the agency’s chief. [ read more … ]

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