EPA commits to meet statutory RFS reporting requirements

On Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding that two agency offices have not complied with certain statutory reporting and analysis requirements concerning the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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US ethanol production ties weekly record

The U.S. ethanol industry has tied the weekly ethanol production record it set in July, with production once again reaching an average of 1.029 barrels per day the week ending Aug. 12, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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NATSO speaks out against efforts to redefine RFS obligated party

On Aug. 8, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators issued a statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers.
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PHMSA codifies DOT-111 phase out schedule included in FAST Act

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule to codify certain elements included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which mandates a revised phase-out schedule for certain DOT-111 tank cars.
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Aemetis provides update on Edeniq, LanzaTech transactions

Aemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting improved ethanol pricing and positive margins. The company’s planned acquisition of Edeniq is expected to close during the third quarter.
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EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Green Plains Obion

In late July, the U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition for Green Plains Obion LCC, bringing the total number of plants to receive pathway approvals under the efficient producer program to approximately 61.
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Lightning causes feedstock fire near DuPont cellulosic facility

A lightning strike is the suspected cause of a second fire that has impacted feedstock storage areas associated with DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, in August. The first fire occurred Aug. 4, with the second starting Aug. 17.
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Research makes biofuel production with E. coli more efficient

A team of researchers from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in E. coli much more efficient.
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Texas A&M to host course on plant operations, process engineering

The Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities."
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JGI: Expanding the stable of workhorse yeasts

Research led by U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is helping boost the use of a wider range of yeasts and to explore the use of genes and pathways encoded in their genomes.
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Cellerate, Enogen corn benefits highlighted at recent event

Advances in cellulosic ethanol technology, including a collaboration between Syngenta and Iowa-based Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC, were a key topic at the recent American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference.
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21 land-grant universities create animal feed database

Several land-grant institutions and partner organizations are collaborating to provide researchers, Extension professionals, regulators, feed industries, and producers with up-to-date information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals.
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Praj to launch Green Fund for 2G ethanol projects in India

Praj, a global process solutions company, has announced it will be the first technology provider in the India to participate in second generation ethanol projects through the Green Fund.
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Third RFA octane webinar kicks off Thursday

The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, is hosting the third of five webinars on Aug. 18 blending properties of ethanol, the RVP waiver for E10 blends and other issues.
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