Erin Voegele

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June 29, 2020

Ernst blocks nomination of deputy EPA administrator over SREs

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced she will block the nomination of Doug Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA until the agency discloses exactly how it plans to deal with gap year SRE petitions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Senators urge EPA to reject 52 ‘gap year’ SRE petitions

Senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reject the 52 gap year SRE petitions recently filed by oil companies. If approved, this would allow refineries with lapsed SREs to establish a continuous chain of exemptions. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations

The U.S. EPA released a proposal June 4 that will require all future significant regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. The Renewable Fuel Standard is among the programs likely to be impacted. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

April RIN generation down 62 percent from same month last year

The U.S. EPA has released updated RIN generation data, reporting that 1.05 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in April, down from 2.74 billion during the same period last year. The decrease is attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

US EPA completes RFS anti-backsliding study, proposes no actions

The U.S. EPA issued a rulemaking May 29 proposing to determine that no additional appropriate fuel control measures are necessary to mitigate air quality impacts of required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced this month it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

US Supreme Court denies review of RFS point of obligation issue

The U.S. Supreme Court announced May 18 that it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

HEROES Act would provide COVID-19 relief payments to producers

A fourth COVID-19 stimulus package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act,” was introduced May 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

CVR Energy explores making renewable diesel to offset RIN costs

Texas-based oil refiner CVR Energy announced this month it is considering converting some of its refining units to renewable diesel production as a way to offset costs associated with Renewable Fuel Standard compliance. READ MORE

May 01, 2020

US biodiesel production reaches 132 million gallons in February

U.S. biodiesel production reached 132 million gallons in February, down 2 million gallons when compared to January, but up 1 million gallons when compared to February 2019, according to data released April 30 by the EIA. READ MORE