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NEWS UPDATE August 25, 2014

EPA sends final 2014 RFS rule to White House

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 24, 2014

U.S. EPA sent a long-overdue final rule setting the 2014 renewable fuel standard to the White House Friday for interagency review. In a statement, EPA said it will issue the final rule — already well past the Nov. 30, 2013, deadline set by law — when it’s cleared by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. OMB reviews typically take about a month. [ read more … ]

Ethanol mandate goes to White House for review

By Timothy Cama, The  •    •  Posted August 24, 2014

Last year’s proposal proved extremely controversial. The oil industry and other groups opposed to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) applauded it as a recognition of the limits of ethanol and biodiesel, while companies that make the fuels blasted the EPA for turning its back on renewables.In announcing the White House review, the EPA did not say whether it changed the volumes from last year’s proposal but said it supports the program and wants to increase renewable volumes. [ read more … ]

U.S. EPA sends 2014 biofuel targets to White House for review

BY AYESHA RASCOE, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 24, 2014

It is unclear how long the rule will remain at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Such reviews can drag on for months, but OMB can move more quickly at times. Last year, the agency took just over 30 days to send the final targets back to EPA. “We would not be surprised if OMB were to replicate last year’s rapid turnaround,” ClearView Energy Partners said in a research note. [ read more … ]

Branstad says Deere layoffs linked to EPA’s RFS decision

By Radio Iowa Contributor  •    •  Posted August 24, 2014

Governor Terry Branstad is blaming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the recent layoffs at Deere and Company. Deere announced last week that over 100 people will be laid off indefinitely from its plant in Ankeny, then yesterday, Deere announced 460 people will be laid off at its tractor factory in Waterloo. Deere cited falling commodity prices as the primary cause of its drop in farm equipment sales. During an appearance in Le Mars Friday afternoon, Branstad blamed the drop in corn prices on the EPA’s proposal to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard. [ read more … ]

Klobuchar, Braley Talk Biofuels in Mason City

By: Meghan Reistad, ABC News  •    •  Posted August 25, 2014

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley visited Mason City this weekend to talk about the renewable fuel standard and how biofuels are boosting the Midwest’s economy. “We just want the rest of the country to understand this isn’t some little boutique fuel this is 10 percent of our fuel supply,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The fuel provides 75,000 jobs in Iowa and nearly 20,000 in Minnesota.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.