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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ron Kaiser, professor of water law and policy at Texas A&M, said the state’s ruleof-capture gives landowners the right to pump water from below their property unabated. That has made it difficult to get all water districts on board with conservation..