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NEWS UPDATE January 22, 2015

EPA official says agency is working hard on RFS, but issue is complex

By Spencer Chase, Agri-Pulse Communications  •    •  Posted January 22, 2015

Speaking to members of the National Biodiesel Board at their annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, EPA Senior Policy Adviser Paul Argyropoulos said a rule covering Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) should be coming from the agency in the coming months. “The most recent indication from the agency — an official in the agency – was that we’re going to be doing this this spring,” Argyropoulos said. “I’ll stick with that, because the administrator [Gina McCarthy] said that. That certainly is the timeline that people should expect…”
“What that something is is going to be a complete mystery to everybody because I can’t say anything and I certainly don’t want to move any markets,” he said. [ read more … ]

Retailers Expand E15 Availability

By Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted January 22, 2015

Pennsylvania-based convenience store and gas station chain Sheetz has announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer 15% ethanol blended fuel (E15) by the spring of 2016.
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Economic policy insider to fill Podesta’s shoes 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 22, 2015

Brian Deese, deputy director of the White House budget office and a longtime aide to President Obama, will take over for John Podesta in February. The new gig — which comes with the title of senior adviser — will include taking over Podesta’s portfolio on climate and energy issues, which will be among the president’s “top priorities for the remainder of his term,” a White House official said yesterday. [ read more … ]

Obama’s climate focus won’t waver as key aides exit — CEQ chief 

Corbin Hiar, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 22, 2015

The outgoing head of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality said today that he’s sure the Obama administration’s effort to combat climate change won’t waver — even though President Obama is losing two of his top environmental aides. [ read more … ]

House passes pipeline bill amid partisan debate, veto threat 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 22, 2015

The House yesterday approved a controversial bill to fast-track federal approval of natural gas pipelines despite sharp Democratic opposition and a veto threat from the White House. The chamber voted 253-169 to approve Rep. Mike Pompeo’s (R-Kan.) “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act,” H.R. 161, which would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a year to approve or deny a pipeline, and other agencies are given three or four months beyond that to complete their work on any additional permits, licenses or approvals that would be needed. [ read more … ]

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