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EPA Mandates Biofuel Volumes for 2016, Big Oil and BIO Attack Requirements

EPA Mandates Biofuel Volumes for 2016, Big Oil and BIO Attack Requirements

The EPA finally announced the long-delayed biofuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2014, 2015 and 2016, boosting the volume of renewable fuels that must be blended into US gasoline, compared to the levels the agency proposed in June. Neither the biofuels industry nor the oil … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Car Charging, US Water Alliance, Ceco Environmental

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Car Charging Group: The owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle car charging services has appointed Mike Calise as the company’s chief executive officer. Prior to joining Car Charging, Calise served as the head of North America EV … Read more »

Drug Take-Back Laws Stand, Pave Way for More EPR Laws

Drug manufacturers will be required to fund and manage medication disposal programs, following the US Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the pharmaceutical industry’s case against a drug take-back law in California. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two other industry trade groups in 2012 challenged the … Read more »

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Environmental Executive Moves: White House, NSF, BIO, Aclara, Locus Technologies

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. White House: Brian Deese will replace the outgoing John Podesta as a top adviser to President Obama with a special focus on implementing Obama’s climate-change agenda, the National Journal reports.Deese is currently the deputy director of the White … Read more »

EPA Delays Renewable Fuel Mandate

The EPA on Friday delayed finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard until next year. The rule tells refiners how much biofuels must be blended into the US fuel supply. Last year the agency proposed reducing the amount of ethanol blended into the US fuel supply for the first time since … Read more »

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Renewable Fuel Standard Inaction Increasing GHG Emissions, Study Says

The EPA’s inaction on finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions of 21 million metric tons CO2 equivalent, according to a Biotechnology Industry Organization white paper. The white paper updates earlier published estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the agency’s … Read more »

RFS Proposal Would Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cuts in biofuels this year would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). The Obama administration’s proposal to reduce the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) could reverse progress on reducing climate-changing emissions from the US transportation sector, according to … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Union of Concerned Scientists, E-Waste Systems, WateReuse

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Union of Concerned Scientists: The advocacy group has named Kenneth L. Kimmell as its new president. Kimmell will leave his post as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to take the job starting in early May. E-Waste Systems: The electronic waste … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Henry Waxman, Colorado Solar, FERC Nominee, Keystone XL, Oil Shipments

Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), a senior Democrat and prominent voice in environmental, climate and other legislation, is retiring at the end of the year. The 20-term representative  from California was first elected in 1974. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a motion from the Colorado Energy Office that will … Read more »

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Frozen Food Industry Backs Fuel Standards, Biofuel Producers Blast EPA Proposal

The American Frozen Food Institute has urged the EPA to enact its proposal to slash mandated corn ethanol production by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014 while the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is warning the agency that the Renewable Fuel Standard proposal will hurt the biofuels industry. At the EPA’s hearing … Read more »

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Oil Industry to EPA: Lower 2014 Biofuel Mandate

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) have petitioned the EPA to lower the 18.15 billion 2014 renewable fuel mandate to about 14.8 billion gallons. The oil industry groups say the partial waver is needed to avoid “severe economic harm that will result from … Read more »

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EPA Slashes Cellulosic Biofuels Mandate

The EPA has slashed the amount of cellulosic biofuels that refiners must blend into their gasoline and diesel, from its initial proposal for 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel to 6 million gallons in the final 2013 requirement. The rule, issued yesterday, sets percentage standards for four fuel categories that … Read more »