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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
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-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
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-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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Duckworth Asks FBI to Investigate Trump Ally Carl Icahn
September 1, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on the FBI to investigate whether Carl Icahn, a former external adviser to President Trump, violated conflict of interest laws.
Duckworth’s request, outlined in a …

Acton Couple Arrested for Defrauding the Treasury Department of Over $50 Million in Tax Free Energy Grants
August 15, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An Acton couple was arrested today and charged with defrauding the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $50 million in tax free energy grants as part of the American Recovery and …

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
August 4, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Andre Bernard, of Mount Kisco, New York, pleaded guilty today for his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming …

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges
May 4, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental …

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 …

CEO of Publicly Traded Company along with Two Others Sent to Federal Prison
December 6, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Defrauded biodiesel purchasers and shareholders   —  United States Attorney Josh Minkler and Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today the …

Employee of Biofuel Feedstock Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
December 1, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An employee of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme to alter and destroy documents following the company’s receipt of a …

Owners of Biofuel Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
October 13, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The owners of an Indiana biofuel producer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and false statements for participating in a scheme that generated over $60 million in fraudulent tax credits and U.S. …

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel
October 5, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and a settlement …

Chemoil Must Pay Largest Settlement in History of EPA’s Fuel Programs
September 30, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  EPA and DOJ allege Chemoil exported biodiesel, but failed to retire RINs.  —  Chemoil Corporation is required to retire 65 million renewable fuel credits to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Biofuels Present Solution to Harmful Airborne Chemicals
September 11, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by David Vandergriend (Sacramento Bee)   … But the day-to-day threat facing many communities doesn’t come from carbon. It comes from airborne chemicals with less attention-grabbing names like volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate …

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial
August 17, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with …

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 …

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
June 27, 2016 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling …

Houston Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
March 8, 2016 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Philip Joseph Rivkin, aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga, was sentenced today in Houston, Texas, to 121 months in prison, three years of supervised release and to pay more than $87 million in …

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 …

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 …

Bernie Sanders Calls For Federal Investigation Of Exxon
October 21, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Emily Atkin (Think Progress)  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants ExxonMobil investigated by the Department of Justice.  In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday, Sanders charged the oil giant …

Climate Scientist Faces Backlash for Urging Investigation of Fossil Fuel Companies
October 14, 2015 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (Inside Climate News)  A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter urging President Obama to launch a federal investigation into whether fossil fuel companies “knowingly deceived the American people about …

Third Person Sentenced in Las Vegas for International Biofuel Fraud Conspiracy
September 29, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Alex Jariv, 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced today in federal court to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in illegal schemes to …

Scientists Ask Obama For RICO Investigation To End Climate Debate
September 17, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Richard (Examiner.com/Climate Change Dispatch)  According to Politico’s Morning Energy report published today, twenty climate scientists have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to jail climate skeptics using the RICO act. In …

Two Men Sentenced and Another Pleads Guilty in Las Vegas in International Biofuels Fraud Scheme
August 7, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(US Federal Bureau of Investigation)  James Jariv, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced in federal court in Las Vegas today to ten years in prison for his role in illegal schemes to generate fraudulent …

Biodiesel Fuel Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Clean Air Act Crimes Connected to Renewable Fuels Scheme
June 17, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Philip J. Rivkin faces more than 10 years imprisonment and $51 million in restitution — Philip Joseph Rivkin, a.k.a. Felipe Poitan Arriaga, 50, today pleaded guilty to a Clean Air Act false statement …

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana
April 30, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris …

Court Upholds Upper Peninsula Ethanol Plant Review but Project Likely Dropped
June 9, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Eric Freedman (Great Lakes Echo) A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to an environmental assessment of a $100 million construction subsidy for an ethanol plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The U.S. Department of Energy …

It’s Proper Oversight, Not Bullying
October 21, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (The Wall Street Journal) Letter to editor:  In response to you editorial “The Ethanol Enforcers” (Oct. 8): It’s no secret that Big Oil has done nearly everything possible to keep ethanol out of …

Run, Rufus, Run: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 6, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we look at 2013-14, should Congress elect not to act — but leave the EPA and the markets to govern implementation of the existing law.
2014 Mandate
The EPA will ultimately …

FTC Examines Allegations That Oil Industry Blocks Greater Ethanol Use
August 22, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Tennille Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  The Federal Trade Commission said it was looking into assertions by some members of Congress that oil companies are using their influence over retail gas stations to block …

Lawmakers Seek Review Whether Oil Companies Have Stifled Use of Ethanol
August 21, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar asked the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Tuesday to investigate possible anticompetitive practices by oil companies that may be limiting consumer access …

First E15 Gas Station Gets Warning from ConocoPhillips, Might Have to Stop Ethanol Sales
March 22, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage  (AutoBlogGreen)  Ethanol advocates are continuing to throw down the gauntlet with Big Oil. Jabs have been thrown through satire and blogging – now the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is throwing a hook by going after ConocoPhillips, …

Antitrust Complaint Filed against ConocoPhillips over “Anti-Competitive Activities”
March 20, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ConocoPhillips unlawfully attempting to limit competition in the fuels marketplace? We’ll find out soon.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest filed an antitrust violation complaint against ConocoPhillips with the US Department of …