EPA blindsides biodiesel industry with 'outrageous' proposed cuts

The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Data Availability Sept. 26 to provide public notice and opportunity to comment on potential reductions in biodiesel and overall advanced biofuel categories, after the comment period for its RFS proposal already closed.
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Censky confirmed as new USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Longtime CEO of the American Soybean Association, Steve Censky, was confirmed by the Senate Oct. 3 as the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at USDA. Censky, who has led the ASA as CEO since 1996, was nominated by President Donald Trump in July.
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Cargill to build 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas

Cargill announced plans Sept. 21 to build a 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas. The facility is expected to cost $90 million and open in early 2019. Construction will begin this December. This will be Cargill's third U.S. biodiesel plant.
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Solfuels USA begins loading railcars, trucks with biodiesel

Solfuels USA, a newly retrofitted 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Helena, Arkansas, is now making commercial sales of biodiesel. In September the plant loaded its first trucks and railcars of fuel, and discharged its first barge of soybean oil.
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EU biodiesel industry to launch antisubsidy case vs. Argentina

The European Biodiesel Board is preparing to launch an antisubsidy case against Argentinean biodiesel imports, following the recent decision by the European Union to significantly lower the antidumping duties for the country.
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Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce biodiesel

On Sept. 26, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the Senate expressing his disappointment in recent action taken by the U.S. EPA proposing reductions in 2018 and 2019 volume requirements for biomass-based diesel.
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Biofuel groups implore Trump to stop EPA from harming US workers

NBB joined other leading biofuels advocates to send a letter to President Trump, urging the White House to act quickly to prevent actions at the U.S. EPA that threaten jobs in rural America and undermine energy security goals of the RFS program.
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Iowa Biodiesel Board urges Trump to stop EPA from gutting RFS

The Iowa Biodiesel Board is urging President Trump to stop the U.S. EPA from slashing biodiesel volumes under the RFS program. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's actions are unprecedented and driven by oil interests, said the state trade association.
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Minnesota biodiesel essay scholarship winners announced

First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.
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Federal grant to help MSU researchers boost camelina oil yields

Michigan State University will lead a $10 million U.S. DOE grant to explore ways to boost oil yields in camelina. The research team's end goal is to achieve up to a 300 percent increase per acre in oil production for the nonfood oilseed crop.
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