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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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Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on Nov. 29 introduced the Flex Fuel Fairness Act of 2023, which aims to level the playing field for vehicles that run on low-carbon liquid fuels, such as ethanol.

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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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The ethanol industry’s valuable partnerships and ability to work together with a diverse group of stakeholders has helped achieve numerous policy, regulatory and commercial victories over the past four decades.

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The latest issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine tackles thermal energy storage, the rise of all-renewable E85, ACE’s annual conference, the return of a familiar face, and a wild new use for distillers grains.

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The American Coalition for Ethanol’s grassroots advocacy is focused on expanding ethanol use. As 2023 comes to an end, the group organization takes inventory of its efforts.

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Attendees at the 14th annual Growth Energy Biofuels Summit met with their elected senators and representatives to tell the industry’s story and advocate for pro-biofuels policy priorities.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called on industrialized nations to slash greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. Low-carbon transportation fuels and policies to support their use and development are needed to reach that goal.

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High-profile speakers at ACE’s annual conference discussed policy, the future of higher ethanol blends, oil markets, refining trends and more.

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Tom Buis, a longtime voice for ethanol producers, is now at the helm of the American Carbon Alliance, a strong new advocate for carbon capture.

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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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The South Dakota PUC on Sept. 26 issued a final order denying a permit filed by Navigator to build and operate a CO2 pipeline within the state. Navigator has paused right of way work in certain areas but said it remains committed to the project.

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In a letter to the California Air Resources Board, the Renewable Fuels Association called on the agency to expeditiously approve the use of cleaner-burning, lower-carbon E15 gasoline blends, which contain 15 percent ethanol.

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The U.S. EPA in September published notices approving efficient producer pathways for two Texas-based ethanol plants operated by White Energy Inc. The approvals allow the company to generate RINs under the RFS for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

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The National Corn Growers Association has launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to encourage the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide a level playing field for biofuels such as ethanol.

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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 CEO of the National Corn Growers Association on Sept. 21 pushed back against commentary made by a science advisory board to the U.S. EPA that questioned the effectiveness of ethanol in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

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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 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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