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June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing On Title I Of TSCA
On Thursday, June 13, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy held a hearing on Title I of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Witness testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing are available online. Witnesses included Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (BCCM manages the Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, also an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Other witnesses ... read more >
June 13, 2013
B2PAC Teams Up With SCD-iBIO To Present TSCA Webinar
On Wednesday, June 12, B2PAC and the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO) conducted a complimentary webinar on "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need to Know About TSCA." For more details and information on the webinar, please click here. Over 100 people in the renewable chemicals industry were registered to participate in this timely webinar moderated by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., with the following speakers: Tracy C. Williamson, Ph.D., Chief, Industrial Chemistry Branch, EPA; Greg ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Coalition Proposes Five Changes To Bi-partisan Senate TSCA Legislation, S. 1009
On June 11, a coalition comprised of 30 organizations called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families issued a statement urging five changes to S. 1009, the bi-partisan Senate legislation to reform TSCA. The statement is available ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Energy and Commerce Committee White Paper
On June 7, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) issued the fourth in a series of white papers on the federal RFS. This latest paper requests feedback from stakeholders on six questions on how the RFS impacts or affects energy security. Comments are due by June 21, 2013. The white paper is available online. As we have reported, Chair Upton and Ranking Member Waxman have issued the series of white papers to gather information for a set of hearings expected later this summer on whether and how the RFS should be ... read more >
June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing Targets RFS
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Chair James Lankford (R-OK) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Healthcare and Entitlements held a hearing on "Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA's Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard." Witnesses included the current Director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Christopher Grundler, along with one supporter of the advanced biofuels industry and three opponents of the RFS. There were no representatives directly involved in the biofuels industry, and the corn ethanol industry affected ... read more >
June 13, 2013
USDA Announcement Of Funds For Advanced Biofuel Projects
On June 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Federal Register notice regarding the availability of funds for eligible advanced biofuel projects. A total of $98.6 million is authorized to make payments to eligible advanced biofuels producers. Of the $98.6 million, $68.6 million will go to projects with Fiscal Year 2013 production, and the remaining $30 million is for payments for projects with production in prior fiscal years. According to the announcement, "Applications for participating in the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program for Fiscal Year 2013 were ... read more >
June 13, 2013
USDA Amends Guidelines For Designating Biobased Products For Federal Procurement
In a June 11, 2013, final rule, the USDA amended the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement, adding eight sections to designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded federal procurement preference: 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. USDA also added a new countertops subcategory to the existing composite panels product category. The amendments also ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need To Know About TSCA Webinar
June 12, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 (EDT) Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO) invite you to participate in this complimentary webinar. RSVP Deadline: June 7, 2013 RSVP to   Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A variety of technologies are enhancing the commercial potential of enzymes, new microbes, biomass, and other bio-engineered material, further enabling the commercialization of ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Senate Continues Consideration Of Farm Bill Legislation
On May 31, 2013, the U.S. Senate continued consideration of its version of the next five-year Farm Bill reauthorization legislation, S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954 or the Farm Bill). As we have reported, on May 14, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Senate Agriculture Committee), led by Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), marked-up and passed S. 954 by a vote of 15-5. The legislation includes significant support for renewable energy. As amended by the Senate Agriculture Committee, it includes an energy title with $900 ... read more >
June 6, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) earlier this week could affect the speed with which the bi-partisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, S.1009, that he recently introduced with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) moves forward. Though Senator Lautenberg had championed efforts to reform the 1976 TSCA for more than a decade, passage of S.1009 has been seen as more promising given its bipartisan sponsorship. Critics of the bill have expressed concerns about the bill's noticeable absence of deadlines and funding provisions, as well as its provisions allowing the bill ... read more >
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