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No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working
January 20, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming …

Volkswagen to Recall 83,000 3.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles and Fund Mitigation Projects to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Vehicles
December 20, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back older vehicles, and spend $225 million to mitigate NOx pollution. Volkswagen will also repair newer vehicles to comply with the standards to which they …

Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens & Mexico City Stumble; African Nations Get It Right on Policies for Cleaner Air with Cleaner Diesel Fuel & Technology
December 7, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Last week, the mayors of four cities – Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens – announced they had pledged to remove diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025.  Last week, five African countries …

Automakers Look to Put EPA Rules on Ice in Spending Bill
December 7, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Major automakers have embarked on an eleventh-hour push to undercut the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to boost climate and fuel efficiency standards for cars over the next decade.

The Auto Alliance …

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari
September 8, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports which was earlier Rs 7.5 lakh crore, Gadkari said addressing a conference on methanol economy …

Crown Point Tops off Tank with New E-85 Fuel Grant
September 8, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Carrie Napoleon (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)  The Indiana Department of Transportation and Northwest Regional Planning Commission will continue to pay for E-85 fuel used by the Crown Point Police Department.

Police Chief Pete Land said the department …

Delaware City Refinery Wants Permit to Expand Operations
September 8, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/Delaware Online)  PBF Energy wants to significantly increase the amount of biofuel being stored at and shipped from its Delaware City refinery.

The company plans to go from handling about 84,000 gallons …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

Got octane?
August 25, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to increase demand for our fuel based on its octane value proposition.

The American Coalition for Ethanol …

Big Corn Finds Unlikely Allies in US Biofuels Push: Carmakers and Drivers
August 17, 2016 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Reuters’ analysis of vehicle sales and government data shows that almost a fifth of the vehicles on US roads can safely handle E-15 fuel, a gasoline with 15% ethanol content, or 50% …

Reflections on What Could Have Been
August 16, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Urban Air Initiative/Big River Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ah, summertime …, and the livin’ is easy, as the song says. But if not for the U.S. EPA, it could have been even easier.  Easier …

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles
August 16, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Standards address second-largest segment of U.S. transportation in terms of emissions and energy use — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly finalized …

Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?
August 5, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Vander Griend (ERI Solutions, Inc./Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mission is to protect human health and the environment. They are charged with delivering on that mission by …

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes
August 5, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don’t allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached. — …

Washington State’s Proposed Clean Air Rule Ignores Biofuels’ Climate Benefits
July 25, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Washington state’s proposed Clean Air Rule (CAR) fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and in fact penalizes their use, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) told the Washington Department of …

A $2.7 Billion Missed Opportunity
July 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  For any level of funding, more near-zero NOx technologies may find their way on the road and at work with clean diesel than other technologies.  —  The Volkswagen settlement may be the …

Carbon Cature and Utilization Act Would Support Algae Technologies
July 21, 2016 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and five of his Senate colleagues introduced today the Carbon Capture and Utilization Act of 2016, a bill that will provide provide tax credit support for algae …

Three U.S. States Plan Lawsuits over Volkswagen Diesel Pollution
July 19, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Three U.S. states plan to unveil new lawsuits against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday tied to the automaker’s sale of diesel vehicles with emissions-cheating software, even after they announced settlements with …

Vehicle Rules Will Fall Short on Emissions, Fuel Savings, Agencies Say
July 18, 2016 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  U.S. vehicle efficiency rules won’t deliver the carbon reductions or fuel savings President Barack Obama promised in his first term because cheap gasoline has set off a buying spree of …

US EPA, US DOT, California’s Air Resources Board Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resource Board (CARB) today took the first step in the mid-term evaluation of the National …

EU to Introduce CO2 Emission Limits for Trucks
July 18, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  The European Commission will propose limits for the first time on CO2 emissions from trucks and will also set new fuel efficiency standards for cars and vans from 2020, according to …

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations
July 18, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it’s important to understand the difference between EPA and ASTM treatments of the element.  —  The U.S. EPA’s Tier 3 rules are …

Greens Sue EPA to Force New NOx, SOx Standards
July 8, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Political Pro)  …   The two standards were last reviewed in 2010 – meaning EPA is currently a year behind the five-year review schedule for those standards set under the Clean Air Act.

The Center …

Air Pollution Linked to 6.5 Million Deaths a Year, Study Says, with the Highest Concentration in Asia
July 5, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Chan (Time Magazine)  Air pollution contributes to about 6.5 million deaths each year, the International Energy Agency warned in a report released Monday, with casualties expected to drastically rise in coming decades unless the …

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
June 27, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into …

‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
June 22, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Zahra Hirji (Inside Climate News)  Two activist groups used government data to show 12.4 million people in the U.S. live within a half-mile of an oil and gas facility—and its pollution.  —  Environmentalists have …

When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities
June 16, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Coming Clean)  When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities is a report documenting Coming Clean’s collaborative, community-based research project to monitor toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas fields …

Connecting the Dots
June 13, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public …

Constantinides Calls For More Sustainable Heating
June 2, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Queens Gazette)  City Council Member Costa Constantinides, joined by environmental groups and others, rallied in support of his bill INT. 642 on May 25. The legislation would ensure more sustainable energy consumption by increasing the …

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?
May 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of …

Why Ethanol in Gasoline Remains a Good Idea
May 19, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (The Intelligencer)  I am writing in response to Andrew Mikula’s May 13 letter (“With oil now plentiful, why the need for ethanol in gasoline?”). Several points come to mind.

Ethanol has several characteristics …

Ethanol Sets Sights on Asia-Pacific Region
May 18, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews)  The U.S. Grains Council has long served as an international promoter of corn and other grain exports and has expanded its efforts to include ethanol and dried distillers grains with …

Scania Delivers 51 Biodiesel And Vegetable Oil Hybrid Buses to Madrid
May 13, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(The Auto Channel)  In a major commercial breakthrough, Scania will in June start delivering 51 hybridised Scania Citywide buses to Madrid. These complete buses feature cost saving and emission educing hybrid technology that meets the …

CNG More Harmful for Environment than Diesel: Gujarat Govt to High Court
May 11, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(ZeeNews.India) … Citing an expert committee report on fuels, the state government today told the Gujarat High Court that CNG will prove more harmful to the environment than diesel “as CNG engines emit more greenhouse gases …

Cellulosic Growth Likely for Ethanol Industry
May 9, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Lee Agri-Media/Iowa Farmer Today)  Great market opportunities exist for the ethanol industry, Doug Durante said as he opened the Ethanol 2016: Emerging Issues Forum April 28.

“We can help the auto industry meet …

University of Maryland Publishes Study: Considering the Cost of Clean: Americans on Energy, Air Quality and Climate
May 4, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(University of Maryland Program for Public Consultation) … To find out what Americans would recommend when given facts and arguments, the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland developed an in‐depth survey instrument called a ‘policymaking …

A New Obama Emissions Play
April 25, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Michael Grunwald (Politico)  The administration floats a rule governing transportation projects.  —  Administration officials told POLITICO they are about to propose rules that could force recipients of federal transportation dollars to track transportation-related emissions …

Barbecues, Beaches and E15? You Bet
April 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. EPA provided a 1-pound-per-square-inch (psi) waiver of the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility requirements for certain ethanol blends. It did so in recognition …

What Are the CAFE Standards, and Why Do They Matter?
March 14, 2016 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Robin Vercruse (Fuel Freedom)  … Initially focused on reducing our nation’s petroleum use in the wake of the oil crisis of the 1970s, coupled with tailpipe emissions standards, the CAFE Standards have since become the …

Bringing Clean, Safe, Affordable Cooking Energy to Kenyan Households: An Agenda for Action
March 9, 2016 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This briefing note synthesizes the latest evidence on the impacts of traditional biomass cooking and discusses options for addressing these challenges, with recommendations for policy-makers in Kenya and across sub-Saharan Africa.

In Kenya, …

UK’s Top Environmental Groups Lay Down Challenge to Next Mayor to Make London a Treener, Healthier City
March 3, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Green Alliance)  A coalition of the UK’s leading environmental groups,[1] including the National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace, are today calling for the next mayor to commit to a greener London during their term.

As part …

Biodiesel Taking a Bite out of Emissions in the Big Apple
February 10, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Tom Slunecka (Biodiesel Magazine/Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council) … For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s (I thought I’d never be old enough to write that), America’s cities often fought a losing, …

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations
February 9, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint Jan. 4 in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group …

Ethanol Backers Say Higher Blends Would Reduce Air Toxics
February 2, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Renee Schoof (Bloomberg BNA)  A group of farm-state governors and some advocates for clean energy are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to get tougher on toxic air pollution from motor vehicles in a way that …

Growing Beyond the RFS to Drive Demand for Ethanol
January 27, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …  “The RFS helped kick start the significant volumes of ethanol production we see today, but we cannot rely on the RFS to ensure a continued market,” Durante (Doug Durante, Clean …

NYC Council Member Sold on Biodiesel Benefits
January 18, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  New York City officials are looking for ways to increase the required blend of biodiesel in fuel.  New York City Council Member Costa Constantanides tells Brownfield Ag News that …

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks
January 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to a report released Monday by a green group.

According to an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analysis, …

RFA Comments on DOE’s Innovative “Optima” Program
January 14, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) had a call for information on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Optima). The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments stating that the Association …

Defour Group and Transportation Fuel Consulting Post Responses to DOE Request Regarding Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
January 12, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Defour Group/Transportation Fuels Consulting)  Dean Drake of the Defour Group LLC (D4) and Gary Herwick of Transportation Fuels Consulting (TFC) have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Request for Information about co-optimization of fuels …

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations
January 4, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of …

NCCETC Receives $4.5 Million Grant to Continue Air Quality Improvement Efforts
December 28, 2015 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center)  Funding now available for transportation-related emission reduction projects —  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) is continuing to support efforts led by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology …

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality
December 22, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps …

Chempolis, Avantha Partner to Offer Cellulosic Technology
December 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Chempolis, Ltd.)  Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues …

India to Allow Ethanol-Only Vehicles; Response to Be Muted
December 16, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Mayank Bhardwaj (Reuters)  India will soon allow automakers to manufacture vehicles that can run entirely on ethanol, but adoption is likely to be slow as the country has not been able to source the …

Mayor Lee Announces City’s Fleet Reaches Goal of Eliminating Use of All Petroleum Diesel
December 15, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco)  Estimated 50 Percent Emissions Reductions Will Be Achieved as Result of Ending Use of Petroleum Diesel & Replacing with Renewable Diesel

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today …

Here’s What You Need to Know about the Porter Ranch Gas Leak
December 14, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Los Angeles Daily News)  Nov. 6, 2015 – This morning at 11 a.m., SoCalGas crews and outside experts started the coiled tubing rig operation to attempt to work through an ice blockage inside the 2 …

Biofuels, Sustainability and the Transport Sector in Lithuania
December 11, 2015 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Laurencas Raslavicius (ResearchGate) This review paper sets the stage for a look at the Lithuanian (hereinafter LT) transport sector and its transition towards sustainable mobility through the use of biofuels and implementation of the necessary …

Key United States Cities’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies Rely on New Diesel Technology & Renewable Fuels
December 9, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New York City Joins San Francisco and Oakland In Embracing New Blends
Of Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Fuels —  In light of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced …

Washington State Judge Rules that States Have a “Mandatory Duty” to “Preserve, Protect, and Enhance the Air Quality for the Current and Future Generations”
November 23, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by …

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution
November 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment.
Those are the …

Skyfill: Where the Sky Is a Free Sewer, Are Bioeconomy Thermodynamics Extremely Flawed from the Get Go?
November 17, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As the reader notes, much of the original underlying biomass is not utilized when we make a hydrocarbon fuel, or any fuel. Take the case of corn, for example, and …

Ethanol Industry Participates in Clean Energy Mission to India
November 11, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(US Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of U.S. ethanol industry representatives led by USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse traveled to India last week to …

Don’t Weaken the RFS
November 10, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (R-N.J.) (The Hill)  … The RFS is Congress’s answer to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. The RFS is the most …

EPA Says Volkswagen Cheated a 2nd Time on Pollution Tests
November 3, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Matthew Daly and Tom Krisher (Associated Press/Washington Post)  … The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the California Air Resources Board, said Volkswagen installed software on thousands of Audi, Porsche and VW cars with six-cylinder diesel engines …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 30, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

How Could Volkswagen’s Top Engineers Not Have Known?
October 23, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by DuneLawrence, Benjamin Elgin, Vernon Silver (Bloomberg Business)  … From February through April 2013, they (researchers from West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions) tested three diesel cars: a Volkswagen Jetta, a Volkswagen Passat, and …

China to Revive Corn-Based Ethanol Amid Record High Stocks
October 19, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Niu Shuping and Chen Aizhu (Reuters)  China, the world’s second-largest corn consumer, is set to resume building new corn-based ethanol plants after a nearly decade-long ban, in a move that could help absorb the …

Dozens of Deaths Likely from VW Pollution Dodge
October 5, 2015 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/Detroit News)  Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and …

Emissions Testing Is Broken, and Other Lessons from the VW Scandal
October 3, 2015 – 12:10 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  How do you create clean vehicles that consumers want to buy? All of the automakers are currently focused on this question.

The Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Technology Review calls for …

New Ozone Regulations Ignore Tailpipe Exhaust
October 2, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) welcomes new ozone standards that will further protect public health from the negative respiratory, developmental, and other health effects of ozone exposure. The …

How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?
September 29, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz (New York Times)  Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that …

We Should Not Be Surprised about Volkswagen’s “Diesel-Gate”
September 29, 2015 – 10:12 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest) Fooling with computers to give false readings has happened before. It is important to recognize similarities to earlier cases and EPA’s role in them.

The 1998 consent decree

In October 1998, the DOJ …

NOxgate Expands: 93% of Diesel Vehicles Tested Fail to Meet Euro 6 NOx Emission Standards; Average Is 7 Times over the Limit
September 29, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The VW crisis just keeps getting worse, with Volkswagen suspending its VW, Audi, and Porsche R&D chiefs, as Audi confirmed that 2.1 million of its vehicles were outfitted with defeat devices, …

VW Scandal Raises Doubts over Clean Diesel and Lab-Based Emissions Testing
September 28, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On September 22, Volkswagen Motors (VW) admitted that it had cheated on emissions testing in Europe and the United States, by installing a piece of software known as a ‘defeat device’ …

Read Pope Francis’ Speech That He Gave at the White House
September 23, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(ABC News)  … Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which …

China Looks to Algenol’s Carbon Mitigation Technology to Reduce Rising Global CO2 Levels and Help Combat Climate Change
September 23, 2015 – 4:05 pm | One Comment

(Algenol)  U.S.-based Algenol will partner with South China’s Fujian Zhongyuan New Energy Company, Ltd. (ZYNE) to develop projects throughout Southern China, utilizing carbon emissions to create renewable fuels. The goal is to provide solutions for …

West Virginia Engineer Presented VW Emissions Findings a Year Ago
September 23, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Automotive News/Reuters)  Daniel Carder, an unassuming 45-year-old engineer with gray hair and blue jeans, appears an unlikely type to take down one of the world’s most powerful companies.

But he and his small …

Zero Emission Vehicles: Not Really
September 21, 2015 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes, Debbie Baron and Eileen Broderick (E100 Ethanol Group, Mendo Alcohol Fuel Group) … California Governor Jerry Brown and other Governors, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and much of the major media …

Your Guide To Dieselgate: Volkswagen’s Diesel Cheating Catastrophe
September 21, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Patrick George (Jalopnik)  Yes, it’s a catastrophe. There’s no other way to describe the allegations from the Environmental Protection Agency that Volkswagen cheated on their emissions tests with nearly half a million TDI diesel …

EPA Says VW Running Massive Clean Air Scam via Jettas, Audis, Passats
September 21, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. alleging that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel …

Urban Air Iniative: Real Economic Harm Is to Keep Using Gasoline
September 14, 2015 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Officials from the Urban Air Initiative called the recent effort by the American Petroleum Institute to discredit ethanol a smokescreen to hide the fact that the toxic components in gasoline are …

How Political Pressure Is Building to Combat Urban Air Pollution – and Creating an Opportunity for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 9, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion, on how the emotional issue of city smog is creating an opening for cellulosic ethanol, even with currently low oil …

EPA Issues 2 Proposals to Reduce Landfill Gas Emissions
August 21, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Aug. 14, the U.S. EPA issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. Under the proposals, new, modified and existing landfills …

EPA More Enemy than Ally to Ethanol
August 20, 2015 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is a long history of antagonism and sometimes outward hostility by the EPA toward ethanol, writes Mike Bryan. — Most of us find it strange and frustrating that we …

The Limits of Obama’s New Rules on Pollution
August 19, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Editorial: THE OBAMA administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry. The danger, though, is that the rules won’t do enough to achieve the …

California to Be One of the Top Beneficiaries From New Truck Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Rules
August 18, 2015 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Success depends on fuel-neutral approach, nationwide uniformity and harmonization … He (Tom Fulks, representing the Diesel Technology Forum, to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials during today’s hearing on …

Celebrating a Decade of Success: The RFS Turns 10!
August 10, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  This Saturday marks 10 years since the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) containing the original Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The first RFS …

Inslee: I’ll Use My Authority to Impose Cap on Emissions
August 3, 2015 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Brunner and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  After being stymied on climate policy in the Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he’s pressing ahead with executive action to impose a cap on carbon emissions.

Frustrated by legislative …

Ecobank Disburses CBN’s N50 Million Facility to Boost SMEFunds’ Clean Energy Innovations
July 29, 2015 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(SMEFunds/PR.com)  Today, SMEFunds, Africa’s foremost Social Enterprise based in Nigeria is first to receive N50 million (approx. $300,000) from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through Ecobank Ltd. into its Cellulosic Bio Ethanol Gel for …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
July 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million — About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Cotton (Gossypium spp.) Seed Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
July 16, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (“cottonseed oil”) feedstock for …

Oregon Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral
July 7, 2015 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws.

The bill defines biomass …

Oregon Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral
June 30, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws.

The bill defines biomass …

The Need For A New Fuel Paradigm: Transitioning From Legacy Fuels to Modern Efficient Fuels
June 25, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  … This two-part White Paper presents the proposition that we need to transition away from the legacy fuels we use today to modern liquid and gas fuels[1] that: 1) reduce …

U.S. Researchers See Auto Fuel Standards Driving Technology
June 19, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Planet Ark)  U.S. cars and light trucks will become more fuel efficient and safer — but also more expensive — by the end of the next decade, as a result of increasingly stringent …

Key Excerpts Related to Fossil Fuels from Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment
June 19, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The following are key excerpts from Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Laudato Si,” or “Praised Be,” in which he calls for renewable fuel use, energy efficiency, transition from harmful, smoky cooking fuels …

EPA Finding on Aircraft Emissions Can’t Be Counted on to Motivate Biofuels Development and Deployment
June 12, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the world of renewable jet fuel, hopes that the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases from aircraft pose a risk to human health might lead to incentives for …

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery
May 8, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by …

Urban Air Initiative Partners in Clean Fuels Omaha Campaign
May 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Kim Trinchet (Urban Air Initiative) The Urban Air Initiative joined with a broad cross section of public and private interest groups supporting the call for more aggressive regional pollution control measures in the Omaha-Council Bluffs …

UK Supreme Court Ruling on Air Quality – Reaction from the European Renewable Ethanol Industry
May 4, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) Following last week’s UK Supreme Court ruling that the UK Government must revise its national air quality plans to tackle nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas mainly attributed to diesel fuel use, Robert …

54.5-mpg Rules Expected to Stick
April 8, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  A growing number of foreign automakers believes U.S. regulators won’t soften the planned 54.5-mpg fleet-wide average by 2025, and that could make it tougher for truck-heavy U.S. automakers to challenge the …

The Urban Air Initiative’s Comments On EPA’s Proposal to Update the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone Docket ID#: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699
April 2, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(The Urban Air Initiative)   UAI appreciates this opportunity to comment on EPA’s proposal to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone, as set forth on November 25, 2014.  As summarized …

US, California Double Down on Climate Change, Energy Security via New Initiatives
February 12, 2015 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Obama unveils Clean Energy Investment Initiative; California lawmakers introduce a trio of bills aimed at 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In Washington, the Obama Administration launched its Clean …

Finding the Perfect Sustainable Fuel to Meet the Global Demand Is a Challenge: Experts at TERI Conference
February 6, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(The Energy and Resources Institute/PR Newswire)  The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tata Motors today organized the International Conference on ‘Sustainable Fuel for IC Engines in Emerging Nations’. The two-day conference is first in …

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
January 20, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.

The plan relies …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

E15 Now Approved for Use in Two-Thirds of New Cars – Chicago Looks at E15 Again
November 19, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  According to an analysis of vehicle owners manuals for model year 2014 and 2015 cars, conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), two-thirds of new car owners’ manuals approve the use of E15 …

WHO Sets Benchmarks to Reduce Health Damage from Indoor Air Pollution
November 14, 2014 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(World Health Organization)  WHO recommendations, released today, highlight the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and set targets for reducing emissions of health-damaging pollutants from domestic cookstoves, space heaters …

Carbon Correctness, or Alice in Carbonland
November 3, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Let me get this straight.   The EPA says that emissions from petroleum are bad. Landfilling carbon is really bad. Climate change is really, really bad. Recycling is good. …

Creating a Strong Economy through Biobased Products
October 29, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/The Hill)  In a recently released report entitled “Why Biobased?” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) answers the question of why America should invest in a biobased economy.  The report …

Lakeview Biofuel Plant Proposal Raises Air Quality Concerns
October 1, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Cassandra Profita (KUOW.org)  A project proposed in Lakeview, Oregon, would turn woody biomass from logging into biofuels for Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Navy and Marines.

The biofuel would have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional …

New Study: E15 Would Reduce Smog & Cancer Risk
September 8, 2014 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(ClearTheAirChicago.com)  Using E15 gas rather than regular gas will reduce cancer-causing pollutants and smog in Chicago’s air, says a new report that reviews and aggregates the results of independent research by the Department of Energy, …

EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States
August 22, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  … The 2007 Mobile Source Air Toxics rule is projected to reduce toxics emitted from highway vehicles and nonroad equipment, which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health and environmental …

Message to EPA: Don’t Quit While We’re Ahead | Commentary
August 12, 2014 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (Roll Call/Americas for Novozymes)  … Every action we can take to clean the air and protect the environment matters. But the number one contributor to CO2 emissions in the U.S. isn’t coal — …

Accounting for Bioenergy Emissions, Benefits Must be Done Right
June 13, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  With the White House shining a very bright spotlight on its plans for addressing climate change – in particular, the long-awaited proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants under Clean Air Act …

Ultrafine Particles from Vehicles: A Missing Piece in Emissions Regulations
June 9, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On Monday June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the single largest step to control stationary sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful emissions in the nation’s history. …

New White Paper Warns of Gasoline’s Growing Health Risks
June 4, 2014 – 5:57 pm | One Comment

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled. according to a new White …

EPA Outlines 30% Cut in Power-Gen CO2 by 2030: What’s the Role for Carbon Capture and Use, Algae?
June 3, 2014 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  EPA comes down hard on CO2, with proposed rule calling for deep emission cuts, but opts for highly-flexible, state-by-state approach.   Carbon Capture and Use not deemed a key strategy, but …

California Council on Science and Technology Releases Report on Expanding Biofuels in California
May 14, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(California Council on Science and Technology)  Advanced biofuels have the potential to provide California with economic opportunities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the state’s climate and clean air policies. However, the state may …

U.S. Port Officials, Environmentalists, Industry & Top EPA Officials Meet In Baltimore to Advance More Sustainable Ports Agenda
April 16, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Proven and potential solutions to improve the air quality and the environmental profile of major U.S. ports is the focus today of a port stakeholder summit organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.

The study, conducted …

Sen. Collins Introduces Clean Cookstoves Bill That Would Improve Environment, Public Health
March 11, 2014 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Senator Susan Collins)  U.S. Senator Susan Collins today introduced the “Clean Cookstoves Support Act,” a bill that would reduce carbon pollution and improve public health by supporting a global market for clean and efficient cookstoves.

“Replacing …

Soapbox: Ethanol Reduces Emissions, Reduces Costs
February 19, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Hendrix (The Coloradoan)  … First and foremost, ethanol does not receive federal subsidies. The oil and gas industry receives nearly $17 billion per year in subsidies, which flow from direct and indirect tax preferences …

U.S. to Raise Fuel Efficiency Standards for Larger Trucks
February 19, 2014 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

By Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  President Obama announced Tuesday that the government will tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, part of an ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address …

Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas
February 18, 2014 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(The Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel)  …With more than 50 wells drilled within 2½ miles of their home, the days when the Buehrings could sit on the deck that Shelby …

The Economics of Willow in Poland: Lessons Learned from an Entrepreneur
February 5, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Michael Jacobson (NEWBio)  Michael Jacobson, Professor of Forest Resources at Penn State, recounts his October 2013 visit and conversation with bioenergy entrepreneur and willow grower Stanislaw Dolata, whose willow business is located in northwestern …

What Role for Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Mitigation Policy?
December 13, 2013 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by J. K. Shoemaker, D. P. Schrag, M. J. Molina, V. Ramanathan (Science Magazine)  Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane (CH4), black carbon (BC), tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They are important contributors to anthropogenic climate …

“Fueling Our Future” Funds Available to Increase Use of Higher Blends of Ethanol and Biodiesel
December 10, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Department of Agriculture)  Applications due Feb. 7, 2014 for retailers interested in participating

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowa petroleum retailers interested in participating in the “Fueling our …

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling
November 25, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the …

Report: Carbon Taxes, Trading Bring Most Cost-Effective Pollution Cuts
October 15, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  A new report finds that the most cost-effective climate change policies are the ones with the least political traction in the United States.

Imposing an explicit cost on carbon pollution …

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards to Help Promote American Energy Independence, Reduce Carbon Pollution
August 6, 2013 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA also announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Gas Price Spikes Have Consumers Wondering, When Will We Be Energy Independent?
July 16, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The United States is beginning a domestic energy boom and could become a net energy exporter within the next two decades. But U.S. consumers don’t expect to see …

New EPA Fuel, Emission Standards A Benefit for Ethanol
April 9, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers Association says more stringent emissions standards create a place for ethanol’s higher octane levels to shine

…The tier 3 standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated …

EPA Proposed Rule “National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter”: Urban Air Initiative Comments
August 30, 2012 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative) From a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, August 30, 2012:  Urban Air Initiative (UAI) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Agency’s proposal to address one of our most …