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EPA Releases Proposed 2018 RFS Volume Requirements

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2018,...more

Biofuel Industry Sends Letter On RVP To Senate Environment And Public Works Committee

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 12, 2017, 28 companies representing the advanced and cellulosic biofuel industry sent a letter to the members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee requesting their support for the Consumer and Fuel...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

Judges Hear Oral Arguments On The Petition To Review RVO For 2014-2016

On April 24, 2017, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys representing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the renewable fuels and petroleum industries presented oral arguments before a three-judge panel of...more

EPA Implements 2017 RFS Volume Requirements

On March 21, 2017, the renewable fuel volume requirements for 2017, which were issued in final by EPA on December 12, 2016, were implemented. The effective date for the 2017 requirements was delayed following the...more

Senators Send Trump Letter On RFS Point Of Obligation

On March 16, 2017, 23 Senators, including Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), sent President Trump a bipartisan letter requesting that he maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel...more

National Farmers Union Passes Resolution On Higher Blended Fuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 13, 2017, the South Dakota Farmers Union announced that the National Farmers Union had passed a resolution calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to open the market to higher blends of ethanol...more

Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Reform RFS Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 2, 2017, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which aims to guide the debate and reform of the ethanol mandate. According to Goodlatte, the RFS program failed...more

Iowa Biofuel Industry Urges EPA To Reject RFS Point Of Obligation Petition

On February 16, 2017, a coalition of Iowa farmers, renewable fuel producers, and retailers urged Scott Pruitt, just prior to his being confirmed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, to protect the...more

Two Congressional Bills Aimed At Reforming The RFS

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

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

Climate Change Hits EPA: 30 Pending Regulations Frozen

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

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

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

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

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?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

GAO Testifies On The Feasibility Of The RFS Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

EPA Signs Final RFS Requirements

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

by Liskow & Lewis on

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

EPA Delivers Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Requirements To OMB

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 19, 2016, EPA delivered the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018 via proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This...more

BIO Releases Report On Advancing The Biobased Economy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 7, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released the report "Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and...more

Ploughing the Same Furrow: EPA Proposes 2017 Renewable Fuel Volumes Using the Methodology From its Previous Rule

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 31, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its proposed 2017 volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an ever-controversial program established by Congress to spur the...more

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