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August 15, 2013
Beta Renewables Announces Commercial Cellulosic Production At Competitive Price
Beta Renewables, a joint venture between chemical company Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi and investment company TPG, announced that it had begun commercial production at its cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, Italy, at a price competitive with corn ethanol and gasoline. Novozymes, the leading producer of enzymes used for biofuels production, has invested in Beta Renewables. Beta Renewables expects to export the technology to develop about 20 new plants by ... read more >
August 15, 2013
Appeals Court Denies CARB Request On The LCFS
On August 8, 2013, the Fifth District Court of Appeals denied a petition from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for a rehearing of the case in which the court found on July 15, 2013, that CARB had improperly approved California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in violation of administrative procedures (more information is available online). The July 15 decision stands and while CARB may continue to implement the LCFS, it must hold a new 45-day public comment period to receive input on the LCFS regulations, including CARB's calculation of indirect land use from the increased ... read more >
August 13, 2013
Join Summit Chair Lynn L. Bergeson for the 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit - - National Policy Outlook
Early Bird Registration Deadline Friday, August 16, 2013! Join BRAG's Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and John H. Thorne, Ph. D. at the 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit -- National Policy Outlook, September 17-19, 2013, Washington, D.C.   Presentations, panel discussions, and case studies will equip attendees to: Stay Ahead of the Regulatory Curve with the Most Up-to-Date Status on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Avoid Brand Reputation Risk and Stay on the Shelves with Updates on the Latest State-Level Policy Developments in ... read more >
August 8, 2013
EPA Issues Final Rule Establishing 2013 Renewable Volume Obligations
On August, 6, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited final rule setting the 2013 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s memorandum on this is available online. The RVOs for 2013 are: (1) biomass-based diesel: 1.28 billion gallons; (2) advanced biofuels: 2.75 billion gallons; (3) cellulosic biofuels: 6 million gallons; and, conventional ethanol (mainly corn ethanol): 13.8 billion gallons. The rule will become immediately effective upon publication in the Federal Register. ... read more >
August 8, 2013
House Energy & Commerce Members To Work On RFS Proposal In August
House Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) have announced plans to work together during the August Congressional recess to find consensus on reforms to the federal RFS. This announcement comes after the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power spent months seeking feedback from biofuels, refiners, and livestock stakeholders, among others, on whether the RFS needs to be reformed or repealed. During the Subcommittee's recent two-day hearing, the general consensus appeared to be that there is broad support for ... read more >
August 8, 2013
EPA To Review Air Toxics Standards For Petroleum Refineries
EPA has agreed to issue by December 19, 2014, a final rule on air toxics standards for petroleum refineries. EPA agreed to this deadline to settle a lawsuit that was brought by several environmental groups last year challenging EPA for missing the deadline under the Clean Air Act (CAA) by which EPA must review the standards. The petroleum industry has expressed disappointment in the settlement and upcoming ... read more >
August 8, 2013
EPA Asked To Act On Biogenic Carbon Rule
Several biomass groups sent a letter to newly sworn-in EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on August 1, 2013, urging EPA to find that bioenergy and other biogenic sources of greenhouse gas emissions are carbon neutral for purposes of new greenhouse gas permitting requirements under EPA's Tailoring Rule. As we reported on July 19, 2013, last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated EPA's rule temporarily exempting these sources from the new greenhouse gas permitting requirements, which has created uncertainty for the industry going forward. In their letter to ... read more >
August 8, 2013
Upcoming Trade Mission To Brazil To Foster Opportunities For U.S. Biofuels
Biofuels trade associations, including the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) announced last week that they will be leading a trip with 15 companies to Brazil September 30-October 2, 2013, to help foster opportunities for U.S. biofuels. The trip is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Export Green Initiative. Companies that wish to participate may apply by August 30, 2013. Up to two representatives from 15 companies with biofuel operations in the U.S. may participate. More information about the ... read more >
August 8, 2013
Fate Of Farm Bill Still In Question
House Republican leaders are reportedly considering a plan to hold a vote after the August Congressional recess on legislation on the remaining nutrition portion of the Farm Bill, including $40 billion in cuts to food stamp programs over the next ten years. This number is twice the cuts which led to the defeat of the version of the Farm Bill considered by the House in June. It is considered a non-starter by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who is leading Senate efforts to finalize the next Farm Bill by the time the current version expires on September 30. More ... read more >
August 8, 2013
UK Funding Opportunity For Biofuels
On August 1, 2013, the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport announced its intent to provide £25 million to help fund the construction of demonstration-scale waste to fuel and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK. The money would be matched by private funding. The UK government expects to release more information on the project, including information on the funding opportunity, this fall. The announcement is available ... read more >
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