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July 11, 2013
Novozymes, BASF, And Cargill Announce Breakthrough
In August 2012, Novozymes, BASF, and Cargill entered into an agreement to develop a process to convert renewable materials into a 100 percent renewable acrylic acid. This month, the three companies announced that they have successfully demonstrated at pilot scale the production of renewable 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP). This announcement is an important step in the companies' efforts since 3-HP is a raw material that can be used to produce renewable acrylic acid for the production of superabsorbent polymers. These superabsorbent polymers can be used for diapers and other ... read more >
July 11, 2013
MASBI Issues Report On Opportunity For Aviation Biofuels
The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has issued a report demonstrating the opportunity for a Midwest aviation biofuels industry and making recommendations to help its success. The report is available online. MASBI is a coalition managed by Oliver Wyman and led by a Steering Committee that includes United Airlines, Boeing, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Clean Energy Trust, and Honeywell's UOP. The report resulted from a year-long study and concluded that the use of more advanced biofuels developed in the Midwest can lead to significant energy and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Green Biologics Teams Up With Easy Energy Systems
United Kingdom company Green Biologics, which focuses on n-butanol, has entered into an agreement with Easy Energy Systems to convert Easy Energy Systems' ethanol demonstration plant located in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to produce renewable n-butanol and acetone. This arrangement will further the renewable chemicals industry, as renewable n-butanol is used for the production of paints, coatings, inks, plastics, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, household cleaners, and personal care ... read more >
July 11, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Committee Holds Second Hearing On TSCA Reform
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy convened its second hearing on reform of TSCA. This second "Hearing on Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation" focused on exploring the "regulatory implementation and 'real world' implications of TSCA Section 5, requirements concerning the manufacture and processing of new chemicals, and TSCA Section 14, limiting public disclosure of data submitted to EPA on existing and new chemical substances and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
EPA Releases Regulatory Agenda
On July 3, 2013, EPA released its spring regulatory agenda, which reports on the likely timelines for several environmental rulemakings. The agenda is available online. Among other items, the agenda suggests that in September EPA intends to reissue a revised proposed rule to control emissions of greenhouse gases from new power plants. It also indicates that EPA will likely issue by December five significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Senate Likely To Vote On McCarthy Nomination Next Week
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture to end debate on seven outstanding Administration nominees, including that of Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means that McCarthy's nomination could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday of next week. Majority Leader Reid met with the Senate Democratic Caucus on Thursday to discuss the best approach to bring up the nomination. In May, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), passed ... read more >
July 11, 2013
USDA Makes Important Announcements To Further Biobased Products
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made two important announcements that will help promote biobased products. First, USDA announced that it has designated the following eight new biobased product categories for preferred federal procurement under the BioPreferred Program: aircraft and boat cleaners; automotive care products; engine crankcase oil; gasoline fuel additives; metal cleaners and corrosion removers; microbial cleaning products; paint removers; and water turbine bearing oils. A full list was published in the June 11, 2013, Federal Register. ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Farm Bill
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a slim vote of 216-208 H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. H.R. 2642 is essentially the version of the five-year Farm Bill that the House defeated last month, H.R. 1947, including amendments that passed during debate on that bill and excluding the nutrition part (food stamp) of the bill. H.R. 1947 did not include mandatory funding for energy programs or expanded eligibility for renewable chemicals. Generally, Democrats voted against H.R. 1947 because they disagreed with the steep ... read more >
June 27, 2013
House Rejects Farm Bill, Path Forward Uncertain
As noted last week, on Thursday, June 20, 2013, many were surprised that the U.S. House of Representatives voted 195-234 to reject H.R. 1947, its version of the next five-year Farm Bill, which authorizes farm subsidy, conservation, rural energy, and nutrition programs. The House considered the legislation recently passed by the House Agriculture Committee, along with about 100 amendments that were made in order by the House Rules Committee. The Senate recently passed its version of the next Farm Bill, S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. S. 954 contains a strong ... read more >
June 27, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Hearings On RFS
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on "Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Government Perspectives." Three government witnesses testified at the hearing: Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A link to the official website on the hearing, which ... read more >
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