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NEWS UPDATE June 13, 2014

Scientists fault green group’s report on GHG emissions

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2014

The environmental group estimated that EPA’s proposal to lower this year’s ethanol requirement by 1.4 billion gallons compared with the renewable fuel standard’s requirements would reduce emissions by the equivalent of taking 580,000 cars off the road. But EWG applied a model that reflects the conversion of carbon-rich peat lands and wetlands to corn crops, rather than the conversion of the temperate wetlands that are found in the United States, the scientists said. [ read more … ]

Corn stover can be a sustainable feedstock — USDA study

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2014

A new study shows harvesting methods used by a planned cellulosic ethanol facility are helping keep soils healthy and prevent carbon losses. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ Project Liberty — an Emmetsburg, Iowa, refinery with an annual capacity of 25 million gallons — would make ethanol from corn stover — cobs, leaves, husks and stalks left on fields after harvests. Project Liberty is expected to open this year. [ read more … ]

All quiet on the CEQ front

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2014

Mike Boots should probably get comfortable in his seat in the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building.He’s been acting chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality since February with no word from the White House about a replacement. And it looks like he’ll be sticking around for a while — potentially through the November elections and even into next year, according to sources tracking the position. “I have the sense that he’s well integrated into the new White House structure,” working with President Obama’s new counselor John Podesta and energy and climate adviser Dan Utech, said Clinton-era CEQ Chairman George Frampton. “So why buy more uncertainty on a confirmation delay right now? I would expect that come next January or February the issue may arise again, but in the meantime he’s acting and could conceivably stay.” [ read more … ]

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