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NEWS UPDATE June 15, 2015

In blow to Big Oil, EPA says oil refiners recover RINs costs

By Chris Prentice, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

Oil companies ultimately recover their costs of complying with the U.S. biofuels program, according to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis that marks the regulator’s clearest challenge yet to a key criticism of the policy. The report, written in May but released this week to back up a recent proposal for use requirements, is significant for both its detail and its timing. [ read more … ]

Industry claims EPA memo verifies RFS won’t worsen consumer fuel costs

Niina Heikkinen, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

Biofuel industry leaders say U.S. EPA’s own research supports what they have argued for the past few years: The renewable fuel standard does not have an impact on transportation fuel costs for consumers. In a press call yesterday afternoon, leaders of the Renewable Fuel Association and Growth Energy lauded the findings of an EPA memo that said when renewable identification number (RIN) prices peaked in 2013, the substantial price increase had a negligible impact on prices on retail transportation fuel with 10 percent ethanol (E10 fuel). For higher fuel blends like E85 or E15, the high prices even drove down costs to consumers. [ read more … ]

Lead poisoning linked to violent crime – Chicago Tribune

By Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

Multiple studies have concluded that steps taken to reduce lead exposure already have saved money, with the value of removing the toxic metal from gasoline estimated in the billions or trillions of dollars. Some, including Reyes, argue that stopping the constant flow of lead into the environment is a major reason why crime rates dropped sharply nationwide during the 1990s. [ read more … ]

Clinton outlines commitment to renewable energy at first major campaign rally 

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

“We will restore America to the cutting edge of innovation, science and research by increasing both public and private investments,” Clinton said. “And we will make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century [by] developing renewable power — wind, solar, advanced biofuels; building cleaner power plants, smarter electric grids, greener buildings; using additional fees and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment.” [ read more … ]

Top EPA official to be grilled over RFS management 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

U.S. EPA’s top air official this week will face tough questioning on her agency’s management of the federal renewable fuel standard. Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting air chief, is scheduled to testify on the RFS before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The hearing Thursday will be the first time this year that a congressional committee has taken up the RFS. Likely to be front and center at the hearing are the struggles EPA has had with setting the yearly mandates for conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels through the RFS program. [ read more … ]

World-Herald editorial: EPA should stand by biofuel

By Omaha World-Herlad Editorial Board  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

Uncle Sam got it wrong. The Environmental Protection Agency’s “ambitious, but responsible” proposal to lower the 2015-16 renewable fuels standards set by Congress is neither. It would cut the growing amount of renewables that the feds require to be blended into U.S. fuel by 4 billion gallons this year and by nearly 5 billion gallons in 2016. Since the majority of U.S. renewable fuel comes from corn-based ethanol, decreasing the amounts required would disproportionately hurt the ethanol industry. [ read more … ]

Letter to the Editor: Biofuels, the RFS Law and the EPA

By Bob Dinneen, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted June 15, 2015

Alas, it is simply a case of the USDA understanding that the challenge for biofuels in a market dominated by Big Oil is access to the consumer. If the EPA is going to pull its punch by failing to drive oil-company investments in infrastructure by fully enforcing the RFS, the department will do what it can to assure this important industry continues its evolution toward new technologies and new markets. Ethanol remains the lowest-cost transportation fuel on the planet and the only meaningful alternative to fracking, tar sands and deep-water drilling. [ read more … ]

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