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NEWS UPDATE June 20, 2023

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Renewable Natural Gas From Corn Stover

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

While other renewable natural gas (RNG) producers are converting dairy manure or landfill waste into RNG, Verbio is using about 100,000 tons of corn stover in its process, making it a unique producer for RNG in the North American market. Verbio now champions the facility as North America’s largest industrial renewable natural gas plant. “Our chief competitors right now are dairies, landfills and things like that,” Schnur said. “There’s definitely value added there, but they’re on a much smaller scale. At this point, our plant is one of a kind in the U.S.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

White House EJ advisors agree to assess ‘harm’ from CCS projects

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

A White House environmental justice advocacy panel is agreeing to assess potential “harms” from carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other carbon management approaches as the Biden administration rolls out a suite of supports for the technology, even after the advisors previously rejected offering implementation recommendations. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Montana officials try to downplay landmark climate case

By Guardian staff and agency  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

Officials in Montana sought to downplay an unprecedented trial over a state’s obligations to protect residents from the climate crisis, saying on Monday that a victory by the young plaintiffs in the case would not change approvals for fossil fuel projects. Attorneys for Montana’s Republican attorney general began laying out their defense following a week of testimony that was often highly personal and evocative in state court from more than a dozen young people who sued the state in 2020. [ read more … ]

Mont. officials tell youth they can’t consider climate change

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

A landmark climate change case against the state of Montana resumed Monday with state employees pushing back against a group of young people’s charges that the government is violating the state constitution by embracing fossil fuel projects. The director of Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality and the agency’s air, energy and mining division administrator said the department is following state law, including adhering to a provision that bars them from considering the effects of climate change on projects. [ read more … ]

Vehicle Emission Standards

Interest groups flood EPA with comments on tailpipe rules

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

Special interest groups have a lot to say about EPA’s plans to cut tailpipe emissions. EPA has received tens of thousands of comments in the two months since the agency proposed two rules — one for cars, the other for trucks — that are designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Observers say the avalanche of responses is a precursor to months of heated debate over the future of U.S. transportation. [ read more … ]

House GOP tees up two hearings on Biden vehicle plans

By Mike Lee, Politico  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

House Republicans will use a pair of committee hearings this week — including an appearance by the top EPA air regulator — to push back on the Biden administration’s climate and environmental agenda. Joseph Goffman, who leads the EPA Office of Air and Radiation, is the chief witness at a Wednesday hearing of the Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs. [ read more … ]

SAF

Senators to Treasury: Adopt GREET for SAF tax credit

By Erin Voegele, ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

A group of 16 senators on June 16 sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the agency to adopt the U.S. Department of Energy’s GREET model as the secondary methodology for calculating tax credits for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). According to the senators, adopting GREET will dramatically enhance the effectiveness of SAF incentives to accelerate the aviation industry’s decarbonization. [ read more … ]

Congress

Clean energy sector debates impact of GOP efforts to repeal tax credits

BY RACHEL FRAZIN, The Hill  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

Republican attacks on the Inflation Reduction Act’s clean energy tax credits may be negatively impacting the sector, some industry players and experts say.  They say the GOP’s efforts to eliminate the subsides risks creating uncertainty for investments — especially with potential financial backers nervously looking ahead to next year’s elections. “It definitely creates uncertainty in the market and is bad for both Democratic and Republican jurisdictions around the U.S.,” said Christopher Knittel, a professor of applied economics at MIT. [ read more … ]

Senate to release first spending bills

By Nidhi Prakash, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

The Senate will take its first swing this week at fiscal 2024 appropriations bills, with Democrats vowing to keep current spending levels as agreed in last month’s fiscal accord. The Senate’s work will prove a contrast with the House, which is pursuing cuts deeper than those envisioned in the Fiscal Responsibility Act. “We have an obligation as Members of Congress to work together to write and pass funding bills in a timely way that address key challenges our nation faces, and we are determined to ensure the Senate’s voice is heard in this process,” said Senate Appropriations Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and ranking member Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a statement last week. [ read more … ]

How the debt deal would modernize Nixon-era NEPA reviews

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 20, 2023

The federal government is weighing a 21st-century makeover to environmental reviews that could significantly change how quickly energy projects are analyzed and approved. President Joe Biden signed the debt ceiling deal, known as the Fiscal Responsibility Act, into law earlier this month, and in the process approved $500,000 in funding for the White House Council on Environmental Quality to explore a unified online portal to track National Environmental Policy Act reviews, streamlining the internal process for agency analyses of major projects like pipelines and highways — as well as revamping publicly available information. [ read more … ]

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