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16 hours ago

Ernst, Grassley urge FDA to clarify hand sanitizer guidelines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicySens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the FDC on May 26 urging the agency to clarify its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

16 hours ago

Senate committee approves bioeconomy R&D bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on May 20 passed the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2020. The bill, S. 3734, aims to strengthen and broaden engineering biology. READ MORE

16 hours ago

RFA asks EPA to deny secretive ‘gap year’ RFS waiver requests

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association on May 22 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to deny new petitions submitted by refiners for past-year waivers from their renewable volume obligations. READ MORE

May 22, 2020

USDA publishes final rule for 9003 loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service on May 18 published a final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program in the Federal Register. READ MORE

May 22, 2020

USDA seeks sanitizer from Nebraska-based operation

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board Found In:BusinessA vision between two ethanol advocates to use excess ethanol to make hand sanitizer for Nebraskans has now became a nationwide effort. Nearly 7,000 gallons of Nebraska-made sanitizer has been donated to the USDA through the initiative. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

EPA: SRE petitions filed for compliance years 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on May 21 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency; one for compliance year 2019 and one for compliance year 2020. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

UNICA: April ethanol sales down nearly 30 percent

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data showing ethanol sales by mills in the country’s south-central region were down 29 percent in April. Sales in both domestic and export markets were down. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

ePURE: EU ethanol production is vital to ag, climate goals

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyExperts agree that achieving the EU Green Deal will require a massive increase in bioenergy, so it is important that we rely on renewable energy sources that are sustainable, preserving Europe’s biodiversity and protecting its food security. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

Researchers create hybrids of 6 yeast species

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:BusinessGLBRC researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a method to combine traits from up to six different yeast species in a single hybrid strain—a yeast that could carry more tools for a specific job, such as producing biofuels. READ MORE