EPA Issues New Rule for RINs Quality Assurance Program

John Davis

In an effort to assure all parties of better control over possible fraud, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally issued its new rule on a voluntary quality assurance program on Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) used to track compliance with their renewable fuel volume obligations. The EPA proposed the rule earlier this month and issued it late last week …

Biodiesel, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RINS

Corn Growers Keep Ethanol in Focus

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were big topics this week as members of the National Corn Growers Association met in Washington DC. Michigan farmer Jeff Sandborn, chair of the Ethanol Committee, said they spent the week talking with administration officials and members of Congress after being updated on the issues. “Right now, Congress faces rapidly evolving issues crucial …

corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, NCGA, RFS

Congressman Seeks Country Labeling for Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) has introduced a bill that would give consumers the ability to know where their fuel is produced. “America has a decision to make about its energy future. We can gut the RFS and move toward further reliance on Saudi Arabia, Venezula, and Nigeria for our energy needs—or we can continue our path toward energy independence by …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Ethanol Safety Seminars Head to Oklahoma & Missouri

Joanna Schroeder

The Ethanol Safety seminars are heading to Oklahoma and Missouri this month with all seminars hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The first seminar will be held on July 21, 2014 at the Western Technology Center in Weatherford and is co-hosted by Oklahoma Emergency Management/LEPC. The second seminar will be held on July 22, 2014 at the Oklahoma City …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety

Lincolnland Agri-Energy Celebrates 10 Years

Joanna Schroeder

Lincolnland Agri-Energy is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Palestine, Illinois-based ethanol plant is now producing 57 million gallons of ethanol per year and employs 41 local residents. In 10 years, the ethanol plant has produced 470 million gallons of ethanol. Over the weekend, Lincolnland Agri-Energy hosted an open house for the community to celebrate its milestone. Since they …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Renewable Energy, RFA

Report Shows Oil Companies Block Renewable Fuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The biggest names in the oil industry get failing grades when it comes to offering alternative transportation fuels like ethanol, according to a new report card released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” grades the nation’s largest retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to regular gasoline that …

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EPA Chief Hopes RFS Rule Coming “Soon”

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy held a conference call with media this morning in advance of her trip to Missouri this week to talk about the proposed Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS. I had the last question on the press conference and took the liberty of going off topic to ask about when the final rule …

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Railways Not Required to Report Ethanol Delays

Cindy Zimmerman

A few weeks ago, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) directed Canadian Pacific Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company to report their plans to resolve the backlogs of grain car orders and to submit weekly status reports on grain car service. However, the order failed to address rail service problems for the delivery of ethanol, and Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, transportation