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NEWS UPDATE May 5, 2015

RFS delay has ‘chilled necessary investment’ in industry — report 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 5, 2015

The Obama administration’s delays in setting annual renewable fuel targets are responsible for up to a $13.7 billion shortfall in investment for the advanced biofuels industry, according to a new industry report. The Biotechnology Industry Organization report also found that the delays at U.S. EPA have limited the industry’s ability to create more than 80,000 direct jobs. Reduced investment in the industry has had the greatest impact on the cellulosic biofuel industry, which produces biofuels out of non-food plants like agricultural residue and grasses, BIO said. The trade organization represents many of the companies that have built or are in the process of opening large-scale advanced biofuel plants in the United States. [ read more … ]

Biofuel policy delays lead to $13.7B investment ‘shortfall’

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted May 5, 2015

“Cellulosic and advanced biofuel producers have now reached commercial status, enabling them to build additional biorefineries based on proven technology with lower risk and reduced costs,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO. “But just as the industry reached this stage of commercialization, EPA rulemaking delays generated instability in the RFS program and intolerable investment uncertainty,” he said. The EPA has pledged in court to set the blending mandates by Nov. 30 of this year. [ read more … ]

DOE reviewers fault Wis. grassland-conversion study 

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 5, 2015

A study linking U.S. biofuel policies to the loss of grasslands lacked statistical proof to back up its conclusions, according to the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory. At issue is a study published last month by Environmental Research Letters that tracked land-use changes between 2008 and 2012 — a period of high crop commodity prices and the onset of the federal renewable fuel standard. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel Board’s Steckel says industry poised to handle increased RFS volume requirements 

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted May 5, 2015

Is U.S. EPA’s timeline to finalize 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel standard volume requirements by Nov. 30 fast enough to ensure market stability among biofuels stakeholders? During today’s OnPoint, Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, discusses the challenges facing the industry as it awaits EPA’s decision and talks about why she believes the industry can meet increased volume requirements. [ read more … ]

Oil trade groups urge EPA not to exceed current ‘blend wall’ 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 5, 2015

Oil trade groups are asking U.S. EPA to recognize the “blend wall” in its forthcoming proposal setting renewable fuel requirements for 2014 and beyond. In a letter, the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers asked EPA to hold strong to the approach the agency took in its controversial proposal in late 2013 to roll back renewable fuel requirements for refiners. “EPA must recognize that exceeding the ethanol blend wall could restrict the availability of domestic transportation fuels,” the oil trade groups wrote. [ read more … ]

Study links childhood toxin exposure, poverty to lower IQs 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 5, 2015

Airborne toxins and poverty combine to lower children’s intelligence, according to a recent study of New York City children. Columbia University researchers found that children from low-income households who are exposed to airborne chemicals before birth demonstrated lower IQs than children from more economically secure households who were exposed to less pollution. [ read more … ]

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