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NEWS UPDATE May 20, 2015

OMB Kicking Off RFS Proposal Meetings

By Rachel Gantz, OPIS  •    •  Posted May 20, 2015

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun meeting with various stakeholders to discuss EPA’s proposed 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) targets, OPIS has confirmed. OMB spokeswoman Emily Cain told OPIS that meetings have begun on the proposal, although she did not provide a formal list of those that have already occurred. Additionally, no meetings have been publicly posted on OMB’s website as of yet. [ read more … ]

Some producers complain they’re shut out of RFS credit program 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 20, 2015

Some advanced biofuels producers yesterday complained that their fuel is barred from receiving credit in the renewable fuel standard program because of U.S. EPA’s interpretation of where the fuel must be produced. Congress passed the RFS in 2007 to require the increasing use of ethanol and advanced biofuels. EPA rules require that, in order for a fuel to be used by refiners to meet yearly RFS requirements, all activities that go into the production of the fuel take place at one location. In a white paper yesterday, the producers said that the agency’s requirement affects companies that make crude oil substitutes from plants or algae and then send them to a petroleum refinery to get upgraded into transportation fuel.
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Petroleum company to pay $2.9M fine

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted May 20, 2015

The violations included producing more than 400 million gallons of fuel that didn’t comply with Clean Air Act standards on volatile organic compounds or sulfur and ethanol levels, EPA and the Justice Department said in a statement.In its settlement with the agencies, Marathon agreed to pay a $2.9 million fine and forfeit sulfur credits worth up to $200,000. The company will also spend more than $2.8 million to reduce emissions at its distribution facilities in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
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Governor taps new head of Md. energy office 

Brittany Patterson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 20, 2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has hired Adelisia “Leigh” Williams as the next director of the Maryland Energy Administration. Hogan, a Republican, said Williams “has a unique combination of legal, business and government experience and brings a wealth of energy and utility-related knowledge to the MEA.” “I am confident that under her leadership, the agency will continue promoting policies that work to provide affordable and reliable energy to Maryland citizens,” he added. [ read more … ]

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