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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 chad.howlin@lawbc.com   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 >
June 6, 2013
RFS Target Of House Subcommittee Hearing
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Chair James Lankford (R-OK) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements held a hearing on "Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA'S Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard." The content and focus of the hearing focused on the federal RFS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementation of the policy. It represents another effort in Congress among RFS opponents to work toward significant reform or repeal of the law. Witnesses included the current Director of EPA's ... read more >
June 6, 2013
EPA Petitions Supreme Court To Deny Review Of E15 Ruling By Lower Court
On May 30, 2013, EPA filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to deny requests by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (together petitioners) that the Court review recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding E15. In August 2012, for lack of standing, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld by a 2-1 majority EPA's waivers, issued in 2010 and 2011, of E15 for certain vehicles after 2001. Though D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh issued a strong ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Florida Anti-RFS Legislation Signed Into Law
Late last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed into law HB4001, legislation to repeal the state's RFS. This new law is significant because it represents another victory for the oil and gas industry that is working hard at the local, state, and national levels to build grassroots support to repeal the federal RFS. Opponents of the bill included biofuels producers building advanced biofuels facilities in Florida and national renewable fuels organizations, including the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Supporters included specialty equipment manufacturers and the American ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Avantium And ALPLA Team Up On Biobased PET Bottles
Renewable chemicals company Avantium announced this week that it has entered into an agreement with ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH to develop bottles made from biobased polyethylene furanoate (PEF). These bottles will serve as an alternative to bottles made from PET. The companies intend to bring them to market by 2016. The bottles will replace traditional bottles made from PET and used for cosmetics, detergents, certain foods, and eventually beer and other ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Comments Due To California DTSC On Costs Of Safer Consumer Products Regulations June 6
On May 22, 2013, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a 15-day public notice (available online) on its Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement (the Statement) under the Safer Consumer Products rulemaking. Comments are due to DTSC by June 6, 2013. More information on this notice, including all relevant documents, is available online. Generally, the Statement asserts that the costs of California's proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations cannot be determined until they are implemented. It does acknowledge that there will be a range of costs to ... read more >
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