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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 >
June 27, 2013
Legislation Introduced To Repeal The RFS
This week, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced S. 1195, a bill to repeal the RFS. S. 1195, the Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act, is companion legislation to H.R. 1461, the Renewable Fuel Elimination Act, which was introduced in April by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The introduction of this legislation marks a victory for the refining industry, chain restaurants, and other industry groups that oppose the RFS. It is another action taken that supports their efforts to repeal the RFS. It is unlikely the bill will be enacted, ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Supreme Court Rulings In Favor Of EPA
The U.S. Supreme Court this week made two rulings considered favorable to EPA. In the first ruling, which is also favorable to the biofuels industry, the Court decided that it would not review a lower court ruling that upheld EPA's limited approval of E15 (fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol). In 2009, the ethanol industry petitioned EPA to approve an increase in the amount of ethanol allowed to be blended in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. In 2010, EPA approved the use of E15 fuel for model year 2007 and later vehicles. In 2011, the Agency extended that approval to include ... read more >
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