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Senators Send Letter To White House Counsel Regarding Carl Icahn Concerns

On February 13, 2017, seven democratic Senators sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting details on Carl Icahn’s role in the Trump Administration and the extent of his influence over the Renewable Fuel...more

Two Congressional Bills Aimed At Reforming The RFS

On January 31, 2017, two bills were introduced in the U.S. Congress that propose to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the national biofuels mandate. The first bill would require the National Academy of Sciences...more

Ontario Seeks Input On RFS Discussion Paper

On January 11, 2017, the Government of Ontario released a discussion paper titled “Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard For Gasoline in Ontario,” which provides context for the new RFS requirements. ...more

EPA Seeks Comments On GHG Analysis Of Sugar Beets For Biofuel Feedstock

On January 18, 2017, Christopher Grundler, the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), signed a notice inviting comment on its analysis of the upstream...more

What’s Happening at the EPA This Week — and What Does It Mean?

The Trump administration is barely a week and a half old, and its intention regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority and oversight has been a hot topic. Here is an update about what we know — and what we...more

Climate Change Hits EPA: 30 Pending Regulations Frozen

In accordance with direction from the Trump administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has published a final rulemaking delaying the effective date of 30 pending regulations until at least March 21,...more

EPA Delays Effective Date of 2017 RFS Requirements

On January 26, 2017, EPA published a final rule delaying the effective date of 30 EPA regulations, including the RFS Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018 final rule....more

EPA Denies APFM’s Petition For Cellulosic Waiver

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote to the American Petrochemical and Fuel Manufacturers (AFPM) denying its petition for partial supplemental waiver of the 2016 cellulosic biofuel...more

Buckle-Up, Uncertainty Paves a Bumpy Road Ahead: Environmental Regulation Under the Trump Administration

Sutherland attorneys are closely watching the developments concerning changes to environmental regulation under President Trump. This article begins a series of communications with our clients on developments of particular...more

BRAG® Biofuels Industry Outlook For 2017

The biofuels industry is likely to face increasingly challenging times during the tenures of the new 115 th Congress -- which began on January 3 -- and the Trump Administration, scheduled to begin this Friday, January 20. ...more

Third Party Auditor May Lose Ability to Verify RINs

On January 4, 2017, EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) as a third party auditor under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Quality Assurance Program (QAP)....more

EPA Facility Safety Rule (and Others) Delayed until March 21, 2017

Yesterday, EPA posted a pre-publication version of a new final rule (the Delay Rule) delaying the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) Facility Safety Rule until March 21, 2017. The RMP Rule is one of 30...more

Make Congress Great Again?

During its first week in session, the 115th Congress passed two bills aimed at reining in the executive branch’s powers. If signed into law, these bills could significantly impact employers who have faced myriad rulemakings...more

EPA Extends Comment Period On REGS Rule And RFS Point Of Obligation Petitions

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two announcements in the Federal Register regarding an extension of the comment period for the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule...more

2017 Regulatory Policy Forecast: Environmental & Energy Policy

ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY POLICY - With an incoming administration promising substantial changes to current energy and environmental policies, regulated businesses are closely monitoring and evaluating what 2017 will bring. A...more

What Does the Future Hold for the Renewable Fuel Standard?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of many policies facing an uncertain future as power changes hands in the federal government. While it’s impossible to know exactly what to expect from President-Elect Trump and the...more

EPA Publishes Final 2017 RFS Requirements

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule, Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018, in the Federal Register. This final...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Proposes To Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates To Section 313: On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to add nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) as a category for...more

GAO Testifies On The Feasibility Of The RFS Program

On December 1, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...more

Forecast for Energy and Environment Regulations

President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back jobs in the coal industry and reduce regulations that could inhibit economic growth. His transition team has already begun arriving at federal agencies to review the...more

As EPA Sets 2017 Renewable Fuel Volumes, Future Is Unclear

On Nov. 23, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2017 volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an ever-controversial program established by Congress to spur the development and use of...more

EPA Announces Opportunity To Comment On Changing The RFS Point Of Obligation

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register of an opportunity to comment on petitions requesting EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider its regulations...more

Heightened Focus on Renewable Fuel Standard Enforcement Increases Compliance Challenges

As the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program continues to evolve and mature, so too does the manner in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) seeks to drive day-to-day compliance by the regulated...more

EPA Signs Final RFS Requirements

On November 23, 2016, EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the final rule on the RFS volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018. This final rule will increase the renewable fuel volume requirements...more

EPA Publishes Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule

On November 11, 2016, the EPA published a proposed rule designed to update its Renewable Fuel Standards Program and support the growth of renewable fuel use. With the stated goal of removing barriers to production and...more

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