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NEWS UPDATE August 17, 2023

Top Story

New Top Cop at the E.P.A. Aims to Get Enforcement Back on Track

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

Under President Biden, the Environmental Protection Agency has closed fewer civil cases against polluters than any administration in the last two decades and has overseen a drop in criminal investigations of environmental crimes. David M. Uhlmann hopes to change that. [ read more … ]

RFS

Democrats call on EPA to implement credit program for electricity from biomass by 2024

By Jacob Wallace, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

A group of nine Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the U.S. EPA on Monday urging the agency to implement a proposed credit system known as eRINs, or renewable identification numbers for electricity, after it was left out of a recent update to the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The eRINs are expected to allow generators of renewable electricity from biomass to profit from credits sold to petroleum-based fuel manufacturers. RINs were first created as an extension of the RFS program the EPA implemented in the 2000s that has allowed ethanol and biogas manufacturers to boost revenues by selling credits. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Judge: Summit should reveal communities threatened by pipeline leaks

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

An administrative law judge has decided that Summit Carbon Solutions should give documents of its “dispersion modeling” to groups that seek them as evidence for the company’s upcoming pipeline permit hearing. That modeling attempts to predict whether populated areas near the pipeline route would be at risk if the pipeline is breached and releases carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

On IRA Anniversary, RFA Members Demonstrate Progress Toward Net-Zero Emissions Goal

By RFA  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

On the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act becoming law, the Renewable Fuels Association released a new inventory of announcements, press releases, and news articles regarding investments RFA members are making to reduce the carbon intensity of the renewable fuels and bioproducts they produce. Two years ago, RFA’s members sent a letter to President Biden committing to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, on average, by 2050 or sooner.
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Joe Manchin vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against US climate law he helped pass

By Richard Luscombe and Martin Pengelly, The Guardian  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

The Democratic West Virginia senator Joe Manchin marked the first anniversary of a major US climate crisis law he helped pass by saying he would mount an “unrelenting fight against the Biden administration’s efforts to implement the IRA as a radical climate agenda”. In response, one advocate for climate action accused Manchin, who she called an “oily senator”, of “talk[ing] out of whichever side of his mouth will please the polluting fossil fuel industry”. [ read more … ]

How the infrastructure law creates state oil winners and losers

By Shelby Webb, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

It’s hard not to gag when first smelling the sulfur emanating from Boehmer “Lake” in the middle of the scrubby desert here. The 60-acre body of water wasn’t created naturally, but from an abandoned and unplugged well drilled by Pure Oil Co. in the early 1950s that wasn’t productive. Since 2003, the well officially known as Sloan Blair #1 has been spewing hundreds of gallons of putrid water every minute to create a toxic lake contaminated with hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals. “It’s a damn cavern,” said Ty Edwards, general manager of the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District, who called the lake an “environmental disaster” that is killing animals and trees. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. ethanol production, stocks climb

By By John Perkins., Brownfield  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

U.S. ethanol production shot higher last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.069 million barrels a day, an increase of 46,000 on the week and 86,000 on the year. Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development says projected operating margins for the average Iowa plant did see a week-to-week decline, while remaining solidly in positive territory, encouraging production. [ read more … ]

Airlines Push Jet Fuel Subsidies to Help Corn Growers

By JENNA HOFFMAN, AgWeb  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

United Airlines announced in May it’s on track to use 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel in 2023, which is 10 times more than it consumed in 2019. Multiple airlines are showing their interest in SAF for climate reasons and to keep corn growers relevant in the rise of electric vehicles. But environmental activists are pushing back, causing a divide in the White House. Under the Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration is targeting at least 3 billion gallons (11.4 billion liters) of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production per year in the U.S. by 2030 as part of its broader push to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

EVs

Public EV charger customer satisfaction drops: J.D. Power

By Michael Brady, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted August 17, 2023

Customer satisfaction with public electric vehicle charging infrastructure continues to decline, according to a J.D. Power survey Wednesday. Satisfaction with public Level 2 charging decreased 16 points year-over-year, from 633 to 617 on a 1,000-point scale. Customer satisfaction with direct current fast chargers dropped even more, declining from 674 to 654 points since last year. [ read more … ]

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