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NEWS UPDATE April 10, 2013

Bipartisan House bill would slash RFS requirements

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

Lawmakers plan to unveil a bipartisan reform bill today that would shrink the renewable fuel standard and reverse U.S. EPA’s decision to allow more ethanol in gasoline. The measure would revise the overall RFS target to 21 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022 and waive any advanced biofuel requirements before the beginning of next year, according to a draft obtained by E&E Daily. It would also cap ethanol allowed in gasoline at 10 percent. [ read more … ]

House panel takes up bills forcing E15 withdrawal, overhauling advisory boards

Jason Plautz and Amanda Peterka, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will consider a bill tomorrow that would force U.S. EPA to withdraw its approval of E15, gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The committee will also vote on a bill from Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) that Republicans say would rein in bias and imbalance in EPA’s science advisory process. [ read more … ]

Exxon Mobil Is Found Neligent in New Hampshire MTBE Use

By Don Jeffrey & Sarah Earle, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) will appeal a $236 million New Hampshire verdict in a case over the use of the gasoline additive MTBE, after having gotten a much larger award in a similar dispute thrown out by a court in Maryland.
After an almost three-month trial, a jury in Concord took about three hours to find Exxon Mobil (XOM) negligent for putting the additive in gasoline without warning the state of its risks, and that the company should pay for contaminating New Hampshire’s groundwater. [ read more … ]

EPA urged to halt ‘ethanol shuffle’ with Brazil

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

As U.S. producers struggle to bring advanced biofuels to market, the United States has relied on imported Brazilian sugar cane ethanol to meet the federal renewable fuel standard’s targets. In exchange, U.S. companies have exported conventional corn ethanol to Brazil to replace the lost sugar cane fuel. It’s called the “ethanol shuffle,” and it began because U.S. EPA says sugar cane ethanol achieves the greenhouse gas reductions required of advanced biofuels under the renewable fuel standard. Corn ethanol falls short, the agency said. [ read more … ]

USDA mulls use of sugar-purchase program

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

The Agriculture Department may use a little-known farm bill program to buy up sugar from the market and sell it to ethanol producers. Agriculture officials late last week sent a rule to the White House that would set into motion the program, which was created in 2008 but has never been used. Low sugar prices appear to have prompted the agency to take steps to help out sugar producers. [ read more … ]

25x’25’s Fred Yoder to be honored at White House

White House Office of Communications  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

On Thursday, April 11th, the White House will honor twelve citizens, businesses, and community leaders who are Champions of Change for working to prepare their communities for the consequences of climate change. These individuals are leaders and innovators working tirelessly to build community resilience by preparing for increasingly extreme weather and other costly climate-related impacts.
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American Coalition for Ethanol’s Jennings discusses future of RFS, E15

E&E On-point, Monday, March 18, 2013  •    •  Posted April 10, 2013

With President Obama urging Congress to use revenues from oil and gas drilling to fund research for low-carbon transportation technologies, what is the future of ethanol as part of that mix? During today’s OnPoint, Brian Jennings, executive vice president at the American Coalition for Ethanol, discusses challenges facing his industry, including falling revenues and a strong campaign in Washington against the renewable fuel standard.
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