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July 26, 2013
Gina McCarthy Is Sworn In As New EPA Administrator
On July 18, 2013, the Senate voted 59-40 to approve the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Six Republicans voted for the nomination, including Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Susan Collins (R-ME); Bob Corker (R-TN); and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). McCarthy was sworn in to her new position as EPA Administrator on July 19, 2013. McCarthy's confirmation came after four months of debate, with several Republicans, including members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), opposing her nomination out of ... read more >
July 26, 2013
DOE Announces Meetings On Potential Solicitation For Loan Guarantees For Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
On July 23, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a series of three upcoming public meetings to receive comments on the draft of a potential future solicitation announcement for Federal Loan Guarantees for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects. DOE published a Request for Comments on the Draft Solicitation in the Federal Register on July 9, 2013. The public meetings will be held on the following dates and times in Room 6E-069 at DOE's Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC: July 31, 2013, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; August 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; ... read more >
July 26, 2013
DOE Announces Meeting Of The Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee
Also on July 23, 2013, DOE published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, which is available online. The meeting will take place August 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and August 15, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009. For more information, contact Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585, (202) ... read more >
July 26, 2013
EPA Published Notice On Barley As Feedstock Under RFS
On July 23, 2013, EPA published its notice for public comment on the Agency's conclusion that the use of barley as a feedstock can meet the lifecycle emissions reductions requirements for both conventional and advanced biofuels under the RFS. The notice is available online. Comments are due by August 22, 2013. These findings help set up the likelihood that EPA will approve barley as a biofuels feedstock to help meet the volumetric requirements under the RFS. Specifically, EPA has found that: "barley, when used to make ethanol at facilities that use natural gas for all process ... read more >
July 26, 2013
House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Two-Day Hearing On The RFS
The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power held its much anticipated two-day hearing on the RFS, with 16 witnesses from both sides testifying. The following is the full list of witnesses: Panel I • Mr. Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute • Mr. Charles T. Drevna, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers • Mr. Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association • Mr. Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association • Dr. Jeremy I. Martin, Senior Scientist, ... read more >
July 26, 2013
Additional RFS Developments This Week
As the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard from 16 witnesses from all sides of the RFS debate, a senior official in the Obama Administration made strong public statements in support of leaving the RFS law alone. Heather Zichal, President Obama's top climate change advisor, stated publicly this week that the Administration supports the RFS as the fundamental policy promoting investment in the U.S. biofuels industry. Further, she echoed arguments made by RFS supporters that the law is working as intended to help the development and commercialization of the ... read more >
July 26, 2013
California Appeals Court Orders Fix To The State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
On July 15, 2013, the Fifth District Court of Appeals held in POET, LLC v. California Air Resources Board that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) violated the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Administrative Procedures Act by completing its rulemaking to implement the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) before finishing its analysis of the program's environmental impacts, as required by state law. CARB and supporters of the LCFS are encouraged that the court did not enjoin the LCFS. Under the decision, CARB may continue to implement the LCFS, but ... read more >
July 26, 2013
EPA Urges Supreme Court To Deny Petitions Regarding GHG Regulation
On July 22, 2013, EPA petitioned the Supreme Court to deny various petitions by several states and industry groups to overturn EPA's GHG regulations under the CAA. These petitions had asked the Supreme Court to reconsider portions of Massachusetts v. EPA and to overturn EPA's (1) GHG endangerment finding pursuant to Massachusetts v. EPA, which enabled the Agency to carry out rulemakings to curb GHGs; (2) GHG permitting program for large stationary sources of the emissions; and (3) ability to regulate GHGs from stationary sources under the prevention of significant deterioration ... read more >
July 26, 2013
Senate EPW Committee Holds Hearing On Climate Science
On July 18, 2013, the Senate EPW Committee, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), held a hearing on the science of climate change. During the hearing, the Committee's Democrats generally asserted support for the science of climate change and the need for efforts to reduce its harmful effects. Some Committee Republicans, including Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), expressed doubt about the science of climate change and any need for action. There were two panels of witnesses. During the first panel, two witnesses testified on the need and feasibility for solutions to climate change, while ... read more >
July 26, 2013
Policymakers Vow Legislation On Climate Change
Over the past week, key lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives have made public statements on their intent to introduce legislation to help combat climate change. New Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) stated that he plans to work with his colleagues to find a solution to climate change and that he intends to work to introduce legislation on the issue, which may include a provision creating a carbon tax. Meanwhile, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) stated that he is working on introducing legislation, including a "cap and dividend" proposal to curb ... read more >
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