Biofuel groups condemn EPA’s decision to award waiver to Andeavor


Supporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out in response to reports that the U.S. EPA has awarded small refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard to large refiners.
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Court approves PES bankruptcy settlement


On April 4, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the U.S. EPA’s proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions that allows the bankrupt refiner to waive a significant portion of its RVOs under the RFS.
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EPA opens public comment period on isobutanol fuel registration


The U.S. EPA is seeking public comment on any aspect of the use of isobutanol in gasoline in response to a fuel registration application filed by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. The public comment period ends April 30.
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USDA: No Q2 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program


The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the second quarter of 2018. The next quarterly estimate regarding the FFP is expected to be released by July 1.
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Senators ask Trump to stop EPA from misusing waiver authority


On April 9, five republican senators from the Midwest sent a letter to President Trump asking him to direct the U.S. EPA to stop misusing waivers that are exempting large oil refining companies from meeting their legal obligations under the RFS.
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Illinois researchers receive $1 million to study bioenergy crops


The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for better-adapted and higher-yielding biomass cultivars.
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USGC: APEC roadmap supports development of global ethanol markets


The U.S. Grains Council is working alongside the U.S. government and with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to share the U.S. experience in constructing a national ethanol policy with markets quickly growing throughout the Asia-Pacific rim.
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ACE: New video addresses gasoline retailer E15 liability concerns


The American Coalition for Ethanol released a controversial new video April 5, addressing fuel retailer concerns about potential liability for vehicle damage from the new E15 fuel. The video can be found on the flexfuelforward.com website.
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IRFA to Grassley and Ernst: Tell Trump to fulfill promise on RFS


With a White House meeting set for Monday to discuss the future of the RFS, Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers are urging Sens. Grassley and Ernst to tell president Trump that undermining the RFS would be a declaration of war on rural America.
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RFA receives sixth Transcaer award for ethanol safety seminars


For the sixth consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association has received a Transcaer National Achievement Award for hosting a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety and emergency responders.
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Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces sublicense agreement


Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. announced April 5 that it has signed a sublicense agreement with Phoenix Biomaterials Thomaston LLC for the use of its licensed and patented CTS process in a plant Phoenix intends to build in Thomaston, Georgia.
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RFA FOIA request demands answers on EPA small refiner bailout


The Renewable Fuels Association hassubmitted Freedom of Information Act requests to both the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy in pursuit of more information and transparency regarding the recent issuance of RFS compliance exemptions to refiners.
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Refineries given RFS waivers is ‘outrageous abuse of the statute’


Reuters has reported that EPA has exempted several refineries owned by one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor, from compliance with the 2016 RFS RVOs. The RFA called the waiver "an outrageous abuse of the statute."
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USGC opens application period for advisory teams


The U.S. Grains Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s advisory teams, known as A-teams, for the 2018-2020 term. The application deadline is April 27. A-team appointments will be finalized in July.
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St1 begins operation at pilot-scale ethanol plant in Thailand


Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of Etanolix pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd.’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project takes in cassava pulp as feedstock.
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Insight into how cellulose is built could benefit biofuels


A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications for its use in biofuels.
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DuPont Industrial Biosciences granted US patent for FERMASURE


DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced April 3 that it has been granted U.S. Patent 9,926,576 entitled “Prevention of Bacterial Growth in Fermentation Processes.” This patent covers the active ingredient in DuPont FERMASURE.
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Green Biologics, Kingsford Charcoal launch EcoLight lighter fluid


Green Biologics Inc. announced that it has agreed to supply its patented GreenFlame biobased charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford Charcoal, to be marketed under a new brand: EcoLight.
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