Biobased and Renewable Products News: States

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
May 30, 2013
New Hampshire Works To Adopt Updated RGGI
After recent passage by the New Hampshire State House, the State Senate passed legislation to enable New Hampshire to follow the most updated and more stringent greenhouse gas rules under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) regulations. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (D) is expected to sign the bill into law. New Hampshire is one of nine states to participate in the RGGI. According to RGGI's website, the initiative is "the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states ... read more >
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