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NEWS UPDATE July 29, 2014


By Sarah Schulte, WLS  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

A powerful city alderman is behind a push to add E15, an ethanol fuel blend, to gasoline pumps in the city. Some say it’s the answer to reducing smog and other pollutants in Chicago’s air, but not everyone is lining up in support of it. Backed by the Illinois corn industry, Ald. Ed Burke has introduced an ordinance that would mandate every Chicago gas station to offer customers the choice of E15. The petroleum and automotive industries are fighting hard against it. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Chicago City Council: Meddling with your gas tank

By Chicago Tribune Editorial Board  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

The Chicago City Council has a long history of doing nefarious things to its citizens, but as far as we can tell, it has never tried to ruin your car’s engine. There’s a first for everything. A council committee is set to hold a hearing Monday on an ordinance that would require gas stations to sell “E15” fuel — shorthand for gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol. Most gas on the market now has a blend of 10 percent ethanol. [ read more … ]

Safeway shareholders vote down GMO labeling effort

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

Ninety percent of shareholders at the meeting voted against the resolution, which was presented by Boston-based Green Century Equity Fund. Despite the outcome, the effort reflects a growing push to label genetically modified organisms, plants that have had their DNA altered through modern laboratory methods rather than traditional breeding. [ read more … ]

Australian man pleads guilty in $41M fake-credit scheme

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to a biodiesel fraud scheme that netted more than $41 million. Nathan Stoliar, 64, last week pleaded guilty to five felonies for his role in the scheme, which involved generating fake renewable fuel credits in the United States for biodiesel that was never produced. Stoliar faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, according to the Justice Department. [ read more … ]

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