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May 2, 2013
McCarthy’s Nomination Hits Roadblocks
Senate Republicans are increasing their opposition to President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy. Last month, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Jeff Sessions (R-LA) stated publicly that he expected the nomination to pass the Committee and the full Senate. Since that time, eight Republican members of the Committee have requested that Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) delay a Committee vote on the nomination scheduled for May 8 until McCarthy responds to their requests for new EPA transparency measures. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Oil Industry Requests Extension Of Tier 3 Comment Deadline
EPA published a notice in the Federal Register on April 8, 2013, announcing a June 13, 2013, deadline for comments on its proposed "Tier 3" fuel and vehicle emissions rule. In March, EPA released the rule on its website available online. The rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register. Last week, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) sent a letter to Robert Perciasepe, Acting EPA Administrator, requesting the deadline for comment on the rulemaking be extended until 90 days after it is officially published in the Federal Register. AFPM claims the ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Refiners Continue Push To Repeal The RFS
Earlier this week, Charles Drevna, AFPM President, stated in an interview that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed. Last fall, the American Petroleum Institute announced that it had changed its position on the RFS from reform to repeal. As we have reported, these groups have taken action toward this end. Recently, they have met with EPA and White House staff about the blend wall and have suggested in news reports that they do not expect the Administration to modify the RFS to address blend wall ... read more >
April 26, 2013
EPA Proposes SNURs For Eight Renewable Chemical Substances
On April 18, 2013, EPA proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for eight chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN) P-11-327, P-11-328, P-11-329, P-11-330, P-11-331, P-11-332, P-12-298, and P-12-299, the first six of which are renewable, biobased chemical substances manufactured by KiOR, Inc. A memorandum explaining why the proposed SNURs for the biobased chemical substances raise novel questions and warrant careful review and comment is available online. Comments on the proposed SNURs are due May 20, ... read more >
April 26, 2013
Department Announces Support For Military Biofuels Projects
This week, DOE announced that it would provide up to $18 million to support four pilot-scale projects designed to produce drop-in biofuels that would meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel, and could be for military or commercial use. Funding recipients are required to provide at least 50 percent in matching funds. Significantly, DOE stated publicly that this funding is not a part of the joint initiative among the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Navy to help facilitate the development and commercialization of drop-in advanced biofuels for military and ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Anti-Dumping Measures Will Likely Affect U.S. Ethanol Imports
Europe is expected to increase its ethanol production after anti-dumping measures have been levied on ethanol imports from the U.S. This is also significant because it limits or reduces potential markets for U.S. ethanol at a time when the industry is looking for new opportunities in the face of the impending blend ... read more >
April 25, 2013
U.S. House Energy And Commerce Committee Releases Second RFS White Paper And Comment Request
On April 18, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the second in an expected series of white papers issued by the Committee to "[set] out a number of emerging issues with the RFS." The topic of the first white paper was the blend wall. This second white paper addresses the impacts of the RFS on the agriculture sector, and largely stems out of the "food versus fuel" debate. The paper asks several questions on which the Committee seeks comment by April 29, 2013. One question asks the impact of the RFS on corn prices. In response to the drought last year, ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Refiners Announce Limited Support For EPA’s RIN Fraud Proposal
Last week was the deadline to submit comments to the EPA on its proposal to prevent future instances of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud. The proposal is intended to create a voluntary plan under which biofuels producers could have their RINs validated by a third party to help provide obligated parties (refiners) confidence in the validity of the RINs they may purchase to meet their renewable volume obligations under the RFS. In its comments, the American Petroleum Institute offered limited support to the proposal, while reiterating its intent to work to repeal the ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Cereplast
Bioplastics company Cereplast has reported that it has been receiving orders for the manufacture of single use bags as part of efforts by the Supreme Court and the Central Pollution Control Board in India to reduce the country's plastic ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Metabolix Announcement
Renewable energy company Metabolix announced that its researchers will present new data in Cincinnati this week at the ANTEC Conference "showing that its biobased PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) copolymers significantly improve the mechanical, performance and environmental characteristics of the commercially significant polymers polylactide (PLA) and polyvinyl chloride ... read more >
April 25, 2013
GranBio Acquires Stake Of American Process
Brazilian biofuel and renewable chemical company, GranBio, recently announced that it has made a 25 percent equity investment in U.S. cleantech process development company, American Process Inc. Under the agreement, GranBio will have access to a proprietary biomass pretreatment platform that makes it possible to develop cost-effectively cellulosic sugars as a feedstock for conversion to a variety of biochemicals and ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Sweetwater And Naturally Scientific Enter Into 15-Year Renewable Chemical Project
Sweetwater Energy Inc., which specializes in producing low-cost sugars for biofuel and renewable chemical production, has entered into an agreement with Naturally Scientific to supply the company with customized industrial sugars over the course of 15 years in a transaction valued at $250 million. Sweetwater plans to convert locally available cellulosic material, including crop residues, purpose grown energy crops, and wood waste into sugar, which Naturally Scientific will use to produce high-value vegetable oils in the ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Carbios Strategic Partnership With French INRA
Renewable energy company Carbios has entered into a five-year strategic partnership with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. The partnership will focus on the development of biobased industrial processes that add value to plastic waste and facilitate the development of economically competitive biosourced ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Industry Groups And Twelve States Ask Supreme Court To Limit EPA Authority Under Massachusetts v. EPA
On April 18, 2013, industry groups petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to uphold EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources. On April 19, 2013, Texas and eleven other states petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to limit EPA's authority under Massachusetts v. EPA. Under that 2007 decision, the Court held that EPA could regulate GHGs as air pollutants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In the April 19, 2013, petition, the twelve states argue that the Court should clarify ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Senate EPW Committee Expected To Take Up EPA Nominee
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has stated that she expects the Committee to consider and vote on President Obama's pick for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in the coming weeks. The nomination is expected to pass the Committee and the full Senate despite recent public statements by Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) that he will not support McCarthy. McCarthy has served as EPA's Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation since 2009. In this position, McCarthy has helped oversee among ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Renewable Energy Supporter Max Baucus To Retire From The U.S. Senate
Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) has announced that he will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate in 2014. This announcement may present a challenge to the biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products sectors, as Baucus has been a leading supporter of renewable energy ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Renewable Chemicals Eligible Under Reintroduced MLP Legislation
On April 24, 2013, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) reintroduced the "Master Limited Partnership Parity Act," legislation that would give certain renewable energy companies the ability to organize themselves as master limited partnerships (MLP). Currently, only energy companies in traditional fossil fuel sectors may organize as MLPs. Renewable energy advocates support this MLP legislation as a potential tool to help raise much needed capital, as MLPs are taxed as partnerships, but establish ownership shares that can be traded like traditional stock on an exchange. This year's ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Developments On Moniz Nomination For DOE Secretary
While Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has placed a hold on the nomination of Ernest Moniz for the next Secretary of Energy, the full Senate could soon consider and approve the nomination. Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nomination by a vote of 21-1, with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) dissenting because Moniz would not commit to continuing the Department of Energy's (DOE) plan to construct a facility to make mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel from surplus weapons-grade plutonium at the Savannah River site located near Aiken, South Carolina. It was reported that ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Renewable Fuel Standard Developments
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues to be challenged by opponents, mainly in the oil and gas industry, on legislative, regulatory, and legal fronts. Just after President Obama's reelection last year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced that it had changed its position on the RFS from reform to repeal. Many supporters of the RFS, including most leading biofuels trade associations, believe that the policy is working as intended to stimulate investment in the development and commercialization of the U.S. biofuels industry, and should therefore remain ... read more >
April 12, 2013
Department of Energy Developments
Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee Hears From Energy Pick On April 9, 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), held a confirmation hearing on President Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ernest Moniz. Moniz began his career in 1973 and since that time has alternated between positions as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the U.S. Department of Energy. He faced tough questions on his stated support for an "all of the above" energy policy and natural gas. Moniz ... read more >
February 14, 2013
B2PAC, SCD-iBIO Form Alliance to Advance Commercialization of Industrial Biotechnology
Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2013) -- The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C), and the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO), an affiliate of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), announced today the formation of a new alliance to advance the commercialization of industrial biotechnology and biobased products. According to a recently released report from Lux Research, industrial biotechnology and biobased product development is experiencing a robust ... read more >
November 2, 2012
BioBased Products Advocacy Consortium Website Launch
Welcome to the newly launched B2PAC ... read more >
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