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NEWS UPDATE September 6, 2023

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South Dakota regulators deny permit for Navigator CO2 carbon pipeline

By Joshua Haia, South Dakota Searchlight  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

In a unanimous decision, the three-member South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday rejected Navigator CO2’s application for a permit to construct the Heartland Greenway carbon capture pipeline in South Dakota. The commission also unanimously refused the company’s request to preempt county pipeline setback ordinances. The ordinances, passed by multiple counties, mandate minimum distances between pipelines and existing dwellings, schools and other places.
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Carbon Capture

Reynolds, Rastetter emails on attempted meetings filed in Iowa carbon-capture pipeline case

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

A voluminous collection of emails between Bruce Rastetter, the prominent Iowa businessman behind a proposed carbon capture pipeline across the state, Gov. Kim Reynolds and their employees are among records filed in connection with the ongoing Iowa Utilities Board hearing on a permit for the project. [ read more … ]

Summit identified ‘handful’ of populated areas at risk from major pipeline breach

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

There are several areas of “high consequence” in Iowa that could be inundated by carbon dioxide if Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed pipeline has a major failure, according to James Powell, the company’s chief operating officer. On Tuesday, Powell was the first witness for the company to testify at its evidentiary hearing with the Iowa Utilities Board, which is weighing whether to approve a route for the project. Powell did not identify the at-risk areas. [ read more … ]

Congress

Democrats ask EPA to mandate more zero-emission trucks

By CAMLLE VON KAENEL, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

he request from Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others is aimed at tightening EPA’s draft rules to match California’s, which envision phasing out sales of new gas-powered trucks by 2036. EPA’s proposed rule, released in April, would require 25 percent of truck sales to be zero-emission by the mid-2030s. The lawmakers cited California’s rule and announcements by companies including Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. that they would voluntarily aim to cut half or all the emissions from their fleets by 2030. [ read more … ]

House Republicans expand probe of Ford EV deal

By Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

House Republicans are launching another investigation into the electric vehicle battery deal that Ford Motor Co. reached with a Chinese company earlier this year. Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and more than two dozen of her colleagues asked Ford CEO James Farley in a letter Tuesday to share a copy of the agreement that the automaker inked with China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., or CATL, to build a $3.5 billion EV plant in Marshall, Mich. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Fact-checking the misinformation attacks on the EPA’s clean car standards

By Margo T. Oge, The Hill  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

New clean car standards proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which are readily achievable, will help clean up our air, accelerate electric vehicle (EV) sales, protect consumers from oil-driven inflation and help fight climate change — the exact opposite of what is alleged by attacks from the oil industry, conservatives and car manufacturers. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

EPA delays new air quality standards for ozone pollution until after 2024 election

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

Regan’s decision avoids an election-year battle with industry groups and Republicans who have complained about what they consider overly intrusive EPA rules on power plants, refineries, automobiles and other polluters. The delay marks the second time in 12 years that a Democratic administration has put off a new ozone standard before an election year. Barack Obama shut down plans to tighten ozone standards in 2011, leading to a four-year delay before the standards were updated in 2015. [ read more … ]

Climate change and air pollution must be tackled together, World Meteorological Organization says

By Friederike Heine, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

Climate change is having a measurable impact on air quality and therefore human health, meaning the two must be tackled together and not in isolation, a report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Wednesday showed. “Heatwaves worsen air quality, with knock-on effects on human health, ecosystems, agriculture and indeed our daily lives,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas in a statement. “Climate change and air quality cannot be treated separately. They go hand-in-hand and must be tackled together to break this vicious cycle,” he added. [ read more … ]

Markets

Column: Crop Watch: Third week of dryness cuts soy and corn yields again

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

Soybean yield prospects for the Crop Watch fields have fallen for a third consecutive week as the U.S. Corn Belt experiences one of its driest late-summer stretches on record, with corn yield potential dropping for a second straight week. None of the 22 Crop Watch corn and soybean fields received rain last week, the first such instance since the 22-field format began in 2021. Many of the Crop Watch producers describe this year’s finishing weather as the worst they can remember. [ read more … ]

Iowa Official Encourages Fuel Retailers To Apply For Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Grants

By Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowa fuel retailers to apply for cost-share grants through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) to upgrade fueling systems and provide consumers with greater access to higher blends of lower-cost biofuels.  The RFIP helps fuel retailers provide more consumer options for higher blends of lower cost Iowa grown biofuels by incentivizing the installation, replacement and conversion of ethanol and biodiesel dispensing and storage infrastructure. Incentives to upgrade biodiesel terminal and storage facilities are also available.  [ read more … ]

Chevron Turns to Latin America to Feed US Green Fuel Plans

By Dayanne Sousa, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

Chevron Corp. is planning to source feedstocks including animal fat from Latin America to feed its US renewable diesel plans, according to the oil giant’s renewable energy head. “The industry in Latin America is not really developed yet, but I can see that happening,” Kevin Lucke, president of Chevron Renewable Energy Group, said Tuesday in an interview at a conference in Sao Paulo. He cited changes in the US — where biofuel growth caused the nascent used-cooking oil industry to develop — as an example of what he expects in Latin America. [ read more … ]

Bill Richardson, 1947-2023

Larger than life’ ex-Energy secretary dies at 75

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 6, 2023

The former Energy secretary, Democratic presidential candidate and New Mexico governor died Friday night at his summer home in Chatham, Mass., said Mickey Bergman, vice president of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. Richardson “passed away peacefully in his sleep,” Bergman said. No cause of death was given. In recent years, Richardson gained recognition for his work to secure the release of Americans detained abroad. [ read more … ]

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