EPA withdraws direct final rule for camelina, certain grasses

The U.S. EPA has withdrawn the direct final rule it published on Jan. 5 to add renewable fuel pathways for camelina oil, energy cane, giant reed, and napiergrass feedstocks under RFS2. The direct final rule was scheduled to become effective March 5.
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Ohio adds 'algaculture' to agriculture statutory definition

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that amends state law to include algaculture, meaning the farming of algae, in the law governing agriculture, including those addressing county and township zoning, and current agriculture use valuation.
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Opinion: making the case for renewable energy subsidies

Lee Enterprises Consulting CEO Wayne Lee provides commentary on renewable energy subsidies. If the federal government has special interests in energy security, the environment and economy, then it must support renewable energy development and growth.
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Lawmakers urge Obama administration to support biodiesel

A bipartisan group of 60 members of Congress from across the country has signed letters to the White House urging the Obama administration to follow through with the U.S. EPA's proposal to increase the biodiesel volume requirement under RFS in 2013.
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Insta-Pro, Alfa Laval streamline oil refining technology services

Insta-Pro International and Alfa Laval agreed to work together where Insta-Pro will distribute Alfa Laval decanters and represent its process engineering packages for the veggie oil refining industry while Alfa Laval helps promote its crush systems.
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Pacific Biodiesel appoints Kimberly Haueisen new grants director

Pacific Biodiesel appointed Kimberly Haueisen to the position of grants director. Based at the Maui headquarters, her responsibilities will include oversight of all major grant projects, including compliance, new grant applications and PR components.
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Mediterranean organizations kick off algae research project

The American University of Beirut recently announced it has partnered with researchers from the Lebanese Association for Energy Savings and for Environment and researchers from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Egypt to study biodiesel from algae.
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Sapphire licenses spirulina strain from Earthrise Nutritionals

Sapphire Energy Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Earthrise Nutritionals LLC, a company that has produced spirulina and spirulina-based products for more than 25 years. Spirulina is also known as blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria.
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