NCGA to EPA: Make RFS Whole

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter Home Energy NCGA to EPA: Make RFS Whole NCGA to EPA: Make RFS Whole Previous articleDay 2 of Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Goes Through Western IndianaNext articleIndiana State Fair Announces 2018 FAIRs Care Food Drive Winners Hoosier Ag Today The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed rule for the 2019 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program last week. The rule proposes an implied 15-billion-gallon volume for conventional ethanol but fails to account for, nor consider comments on, retroactive exemptions granted to refineries.“To uphold the full clean air, cost-savings, energy independence, and rural economic benefits consumers and farmers receive from the RFS, EPA must also use the 2019 volume rule to make and keep the RFS whole,” NCGA President and North Dakota Farmer Kevin Skunes said.In the proposed rule, EPA disclosed the agency granted retroactive exemptions to 48 refineries for 2016 and 2017 RFS obligations, amounting to 2.25 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons. Through this proposed rule, EPA has the tools to ensure retroactive exemptions do not further reduce volumes. However, EPA stated the agency is not soliciting comments on how to account for exemptions going forward to prevent exemptions from lowering RFS volumes.“While EPA may not want feedback on how the agency is failing to maintain the integrity of the RFS and administer the volume standards in accordance with the law, corn farmers will provide that feedback nonetheless and make our voices heard,” NCGA’s comments state. “The process for accounting for these volumes is central to the integrity of the RFS, and it is offensive to farmers that EPA does not believe our comments on this issue are worth soliciting and considering.”NCGA’s comments also stressed the importance of a strong RFS for farmers facing their fifth consecutive year of depressed income and commodity prices. The financial stress on agriculture impacts rural businesses and communities across the country.“Maintaining an implied volume for conventional renewable fuel at 15 billion gallons, consistent with the statutory target for 2019 and the proposed rule, provides a firm base of support for ethanol production and corn prices. A strong RFS is a market-based solution for sustaining the agriculture economy,” the comments state.NCGA Submitted Comments to EPASource: National Corn Growers Association SHARElast_img read more

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Ineos plans to complete Forties repairs around Christmas

first_imgIneos is planning to complete the repair works on the Forties pipeline system around Christmas, following recent controlled shutdown over a hairline crack. The Forties pipeline, which carries the UK North Sea oil to the shore for processing, has been closed since Monday, December 11.As previously reported, Ineos continues to make steady progress towards the repair of the Forties Pipeline.Ineos said on Thursday, December 21 that, based on current estimates, the repair works will be completed around Christmas.As work on the pipeline continues, Ineos has initiated the planning phase necessary to begin recommissioning the system, including the Kinneil facility, as soon as the pipeline repair is complete.Initially a small number of customers will send oil and gas through the pipeline at low rates as part of a coordinated plan that allows Ineos to carefully control the flow into the system.The company also added that, based on current estimates, it expects to bring the pipeline progressively back to normal rates early in the new year.last_img read more

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WBO orders Tagoe vs Garcia in final eliminator for mandatory lightweight bout

first_imgThe date for the fight is however yet to be decided. The World Boxing Organization (WBO), has ordered a final eliminator between Ghana’s Emmanuel ’Gameboy’ Tagoe and American Ryan García for the WBO Lightweight title mandatory challenger.Current WBO Lightweight champion, Vasyl Lomachenko, will put his title on the line, along with his WBA title, against IBF title holder Teofimo Lopez, with the winner of that fight set to take on the winner of the Tagoe-García fight for the WBO title.Tagoe, who holds the IBO title, is on a 31 fight winning streak, after defeat in his professional debut.Garcia, who boasts an impressive 20-0  record, with  17KOs, was recently ordered to next face England’s Luke Campbell for the WBC interim title fight.last_img read more

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