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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide on the seven pending applications for small refinery waivers from the nation’s biofuel laws for the 2017 calendar year in the next week, agency administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Monday. Read more

Regulations

U.S. environmental regulators quietly changed the way they assess applications from refineries for waivers from the nation’s biofuels law, making it possible for highly profitable plants to secure lucrative exemptions. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

Kern Oil & Refining Co has threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to its request for a small refinery biofuel waiver within the proscribed 90 days. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are widely used by real estate purchasers to determine whether contamination exists on a property. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

Five Republican senators are warning President Donald Trump’s new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, that their support for his nomination may hinge on his biofuels policy. Read more

Regulations

EPA recently said it would complete a rule to boost sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline by the summer 2019 driving season, despite a partial government shutdown at press time. Read more

Current Issue

Power generation in New England and New York is largely dependent on natural gas, which accounts for more than half of the region’s electricity generating capacity. Read more

Natural Gas/LNG

EPA is taking steps to further compliance and reduce emissions in the upstream oil and gas sector. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would complete a rule to boost sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline by the summer driving season, despite a partial government shutdown. Read more

Regulations

Opioid misuse and overdose deaths are a public health crisis affecting the nation, including workplaces.A National Safety Council survey report found 69 percent of employees — many of whom work in safety-critical industries. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, with the total U.S. renewable fuel volume requirement set 3% higher than the 2018 mandate. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lifted its annual blending mandate for advanced biofuels by 15 percent for 2019, while keeping steady the requirement for conventional biofuels like corn-based ethanol. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The Trump Administration has temporarily frozen a program meant to exempt small oil refineries in financial distress from the U.S. biofuels law, as it reviews the scoring system to evaluate applications, according to two sources familiar with the mat Read more

Plant Management & Operations

A group representing biofuel companies asked a federal judge to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop exempting small refineries from renewable fuel laws until a lawsuit challenging the agency’s actions is resolved. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

California Drilling

Kit Leong

California clean air regulators will hold talks next Tuesday with their federal counterparts and the White House over Trump administration efforts to stop Sacramento from adopting tighter vehicle emissions rules than Washington. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

EPA proposed revisions to the emission standards for the oil and natural gas sector, which has become known as the Methane Rule, on Sept. 11, 2018. Read more

Drilling & Exploration

The EPA recently released a new interactive, web-based tool that provides information about the environmental and economic performance of industry sectors. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today awarded $9.6 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to public and private partners in California. Read more

Renewable & Biofuel

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to release its draft rule allowing year-round sales of higher ethanol gasoline blends by February, and end deliberations on the proposal by May. Read more

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