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Friday, August 15,2014

Science transparency; groups question new EPA policy

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Members of EPA scientific advisory boards (SABs) have been asked not to talk to the press even though policy allows them to do so, a handful of science and journalism groups said in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Attorneys general: interpretive rule called invalid

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The so-called interpretive rule identified 56 conservation practices that are exempt from Clean Water Act regulations, so long as they meet Natural Resources Conservation Service specifications.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Clean Water Act rule clarity sought

by Todd Neeley - DTN
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

SCOTUS announcement is a setback for ethanol

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Midwest corn ethanol’s possible inroads into a potential 1.4-billion gallon California market suffered its biggest defeat yet when the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last Monday it would not hear a case brought by the industry against the state’s lowcarbon fuel standard.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Confronting ethanol critics

by Todd Neeley - DTN
If U.S. ethanol and agriculture industry officials have been holding back at all on their frustrations about restricted market access to Europe and an oil industry full-court press to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), they let it all loose last Tuesday.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Kansas leads 21 states in appealing ruling on "pollution diet"

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Twenty-one states have asked an appeals court to invalidate a previous federal court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to implement a so-called pollution diet to reduce nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay..

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Friday, January 10,2014

Cellulosic breakthrough; enzyme discovery could reduce production costs

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Researchers have found that an enzyme discovered more than a decade ago can digest cellulose in cellulosicethanol feedstocks such as switch grass, corn stover and wheat straw twice as fast as any enzyme currently on the commercial market, a scientist at the U.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Possible RFS cut raises fears

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Hundreds of farmers in Iowa, Kansas and other states already have signed feedstock supply contracts to provide biomass to nextgeneration biofuels production companies in recent years as the cellulosic ethanol industry draws near to launching commercial production.

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Friday, September 20,2013

Clean Water Act suit dismissed

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A California judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday, Sept. 16, that challenged agriculture’s long-held exemption as a pollution point-source in the Clean Water Act, according to a ruling handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

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Friday, September 13,2013

Farmers weigh stover harvest, land use

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Yet as several cellulosic ethanol companies that use corn stover stand on the verge of commercializing their operations across the Corn Belt and as seed companies work to continue boosting average corn yields in coming years, it won’t be long before producers become intimately familiar with a new set of buzzwords: “residue management.

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