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EPA, USDA and FDA issue regulatory plan for biotechnology

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By Erin Voegele

May 09, 2024

Policy & Regulation

The U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 8 released a plan developed by the agencies to update, streamline and clarify their regulations and oversight mechanisms for products of biotechnology.

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New Mexico will be the fourth state in the U.S. to pass a clean fuel standard.

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Carbon Capture Magazine has announced the dates for the third annual National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo. The event will be held November 19-20, 2024, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The National Hydrogen Conference & Expo has been added to the conference as a co-located event. A call for abstracts is now open for both events through July 21st.

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The Washington Department of Ecology on Dec. 18 published a notice announcing plans to update the state’s CFS regulations to align with legislation signed into law last year that aims to promote the production and use of SAF.

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Phillips 66 has confirmed the renewables conversion of its refinery in Rodeo, California, is progressing on schedule with startup expected in Q1 2024. Once fully operational, the facility will have the capacity to produce 800 MMgy of renewable fuels.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America announces the strategic addition of Cory-Ann Wind, the visionary leader behind Oregon’s groundbreaking Clean Fuel Program. Wind will assume the director of state regulatory affairs role beginning Jan. 8, 2024.

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The RFA, Growth Energy and the USGC on Sept. 14 sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen advocating for the adoption of GREET to measure GHG reductions for the purposes of SAF tax credit created by the Inflation Reduction Act.

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A group of 11 senators on Sept. 18 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan expressing disappointment that the agency has failed to finalize regulations that would allow biogas-based electricity to participate in the RFS.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 25 participated in a White House press briefing where he discussed how USDA operations, rural America and work on the 2023 Farm Bill could be impacted by the looming government shutdown.

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The U.S. EPA on Sept. 21 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that one new SRE petition has been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard over the past month. Three SRE petitions are now pending.

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The U.S. EPA on Sept. 20 announced it is making $4.6 billion in competitive grants available to support state, local and Tribal programs and policies that cut climate pollution. Certain renewable energy and biogas projects are elgible for the funds.

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The U.S. EPA has indicated its intent to further strengthen program controls and integrate its information system to manage fraud potential in the RFS in response to recommendations made by the agency’s Office of Inspector General.

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Growth Energy held its 14th-annual Growth Energy Biofuels Summit in mid-September. During the event, three Biden administration officials discussed the White House’s commitment to supporting domestic, farm-based biofuels as a climate solution.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America, American Soybean Association, National Oilseed Processors Association the U.S. Canola Association are urging the Biden administration to adopt GREET for the purposes measuring GHG reductions for the SAF tax credit.

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ACE renews call for EPA action on Midwest E15 petitions

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By American Coalition for Ethanol

September 15, 2023

As the summer driving season comes to an end, the American Coalition for Ethanol is renewing its call to once and for all get a remedy for E15 in place, so retailers don’t have to face uncertainty each driving season.

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ACE on Sept. 14 responded to U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board workgroup draft commentary letter to Administrator Regan regarding the RFS “set” rule, countering biased allegations made by the workgroup on the GHG impacts of corn ethanol.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada on Sept. 11 awarded $575,000 to five pilot-scale projects that will implement innovative monitoring and automation systems to reduce methane emissions at Canadian landfills.

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