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Friday, March 13,2015

Ag airs concerns on standards

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Although U.S. farmers are considered to be relatively small contributors to ozone pollution, a proposal to further tighten federal standards likely would hurt the industry, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said in comments submitted to the U.S.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Oil and environmental groups highlight biofuel industry divide

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A course reversal by the Advanced Biofuels Association in calling for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) last week was touted by a handful of oil industry and environmental groups as a sign RFS support is waning even among segments of the biofuels industry.

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Friday, February 20,2015

EPA apologizes for RFS delays

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Apologizing may be a good first step, but the director of the office of air quality and transportation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told ethanol producers at the National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, TX, last Thursday he hopes to back up his words by issuing a three-year Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this spring.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Ethanol industry on offense

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Dinneen went after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for being years behind on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and pointed to recent job losses in the oil industry to contrast it with ethanol’s staying power in rural America. Just last week, the U.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Wind petition filed

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed its second petition since 2011 with the Department of the Interior in mid-February.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Biodiesel shutdown: RFS, Argentine imports are big concerns for U.S. biodiesel industry

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to relax sustainability standards for biodiesel is opening the import market for Argentine producers. That couldn’t have come at a worse time for a U.S. biodiesel industry already on the ropes from EPA delays on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Friday, February 6,2015

EPA hits Keystone over low oil prices

by Todd Neeley - DTN
In the letter, EPA warns that construction of the pipeline will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions through expanded production of tar sands oil in Canada. Further, EPA points to falling oil prices in recent months as reason for the State Department to re-evaluate what those oil prices will mean for.

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Friday, February 6,2015

States feel left out of WOTUS rulemaking process

by Todd Neeley - DTN
With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) likely just months away from finalizing the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, federal lawmakers told EPA Administrator Gina Mc- Carthy last Wednesday many states and industries are still looking for clarification on the rule.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Biofuels producers urged to tell their story, fight for RFS

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator, 2012 Republican presidential candidate and potential 2016 presidential candidate, took a swipe at a group of potential candidates who were in Iowa this week for Representative’s Steve King’s “Iowa Freedom Summit,” but declined IRFA’s outreach.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Capital gains proposal

by Todd Neeley - DTN
“We had a farm crisis in the 1980s and Chapter 12 was renewed,” he said. “It allowed family farms to reorganize their operations. It’s proved successful to help bankers and farmers work it out. I wrote Chapter 12 without capital gains jeopardizing that reorganization.

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