WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 15, 2019– A long-awaited deal on the Renewable Fuel Standard took a more tangible form today when EPA announced it will seek comment on a change to its annual volumes rulemaking from last summer that purportedly would allow it to correct for small refinery exemptions, but early indications are that the biofuels industry isn’t buying […]
How many Washington bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb? Nobody knows, but evidently it takes a surprising number of them to elucidate the terms of ethanol-vs.-oil industry settlement that was midwifed by President Donald J. Trump’s administration. The administration has for months been foreshadowing a deal, the terms of which are still foggy, intended to put […]
President Donald Trump hinted last week that he was about to unveil a grand bargain that would settle quarrels between Midwestern farmers who grow biofuel feedstocks, and small petroleum refiners who say the cost of a federal stimulus program to advance renewable fuels falls disproportionately on them and is now leading to refinery shutdowns. The government program at issue […]
Dearborn, Mich. – Refineries, steel works and an automobile factory all contribute to the day’s industrial discharge into the air over Michigan and Canada. This photograph will be part of the National Press Club annual photo exhibition in the lobby of the club, 529 14th St., N.W., 13th Floor, Washington, D.C., beginning Aug. 30, 2019.
Washington, D.C. — July 23, 2019 A number of small refineries said they are getting ready to sue EPA over the agency’s inaction on their economic hardship petitions for relief under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Two refineries have identified themselves in letters seen by this reporter but not made public. A third notice of intent came from a law […]
Washington, D.C. — Sensitive, confidential business information belonging to refining companies became the subject of fresh controversy this week when a lawyer representing small petroleum refineries wrote to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Tuesday, admonishing him to refrain from sharing the data with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which according to letter’s author, was trying to obtain it. But USDA […]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a final rule Friday that gives President Donald Trump what he hopes will be a political boost in the Midwestern corn belt, where many of his supporters live: permission for gasoline retailers to start selling higher blends of ethanol fuel to drivers over the summer months, effective immediately. The agricultural and biofuels industries had […]