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NEWS UPDATE November 24, 2014

E.P.A. Postpones Setting Standards for Biofuel Blends

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 24, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency quietly announced on Friday that, after much delay, it had been unable to decide this year on a rule setting levels for the amount of biofuel it would require to be blended into conventional vehicle fuels. Because of the delay, a spokeswoman said in a statement, the agency will not take up the rule, known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, until next year, when it seeks to set levels for 2015 and 2016. [ read more … ]

Stakeholders baffled, angry as Obama admin punts 2014 RFS

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

The Obama administration today stepped away from a contentious rule that aimed to slash 2014 targets for ethanol and advanced biofuels. The U.S. EPA conceded in an announcement it couldn’t complete the rule during a 90-day review at the Office of Management and Budget and that a final rule wouldn’t be ready this year. The agency will likely withdraw the rule from OMB. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers fault EPA, say RFS decision leads to more uncertainty

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

Lawmakers on both sides of the debate over the renewable fuel standard today said U.S. EPA’s surprise decision to pull back on a proposal scaling back the nation’s biofuel mandates only increases the uncertainty over the future of the policy. EPA earlier today announced it would not finalize by the end of the year its contentious proposal from last November, citing the large number of public comments it received and ongoing consideration of issues raised by stakeholders. EPA’s proposal had called for a 16 percent cut in total renewable fuels compared to the levels set by Congress in 2007 when it enacted the RFS. [ read more … ]

EPA Breaks Silence on the Renewable Fuel Standard: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted November 24, 2014

On November 21, the EPA announced it would delay setting a 2014 volume for renewable fuels (as required by the Renewable Fuel Standard) to be blended into transportation supplies into 2015. The stunning announcement comes on the heels of several positive developments in renewable fuels, and a year after the EPA proposed lowering the Renewable Volume Obligate (RVO) by 2.94 billion gallons. [ read more … ]

Iowa officials back delay on ethanol mandate

Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 24, 2014

Ethanol and other biofuel groups declared victory Friday, as the federal agency in charge of telling refiners how much renewable fuel must be blended into the gasoline supply announced another delay setting targets for 2014. The Environmental Protection Agency said a decision to finalize the blending requirements for 2014, first proposed more than a year ago, “has been significantly delayed” and would not be completed by year end. Instead, the EPA said it could act on the 2014 numbers next year, possibly in conjunction with “action on the 2015” requirements. [ read more … ]

THE AUDACITY OF JOHN PODESTA

BY BEN GEMAN, National Journal  •    •  Posted November 24, 2014

Whatever the future holds, it is clear that Podesta has already had an outsized effect. Environmentalist and Democratic strategist Glenn Hurowitz, the executive director of the firm Catapult, describes Podesta’s time at the White House in epochal terms. “You can divide the Obama administration’s environmental policy-making into BP and AP,” he says. “Before Podesta and After Podesta.” [ read more … ]

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