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ACE Statement on EPW Committee Confirmation Hearing with EPA Chief Nominee Regan

Sioux Falls, SD (February 3, 2021) – The Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee held its hearing today to consider the nomination of Michael Regan to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the statement below following Mr. Regan’s confirmation hearing. “If confirmed as EPA Administrator,…


ACE Supports Legislation to Require EPA Adopt GREET Model

Today, U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its outdated lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel, specifically by adopting the latest Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model. American Coalition for…


ACE Thanks Senate Ag Committee for Raising Biofuel Issues, Expresses Approval of Vilsack for USDA Secretary

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held its hearing to consider the nomination of Tom Vilsack to return to the position of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture today. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement thanking biofuel senate champions for raising biofuel issues during the hearing and expressing support for Vilsack’s confirmation: “ACE…


Court Seeks Status Report on EPA Compliance with Order on Renewable Volumes

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to submit a status report every 60 days “on its progress in complying with the court’s remand” stemming from the July 2017 ruling in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA.  The 2017 ruling required EPA to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of 2016 renewable fuel blending…


New Study Showing Corn Ethanol Reduces Carbon Emissions by Nearly 50 Percent Cites ACE Low Carbon White Paper

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings today recognized a new study published by Harvard University, Tufts University and Environmental Health & Engineering Inc. scientists as an illustration of ethanol’s carbon footprint, but reiterated there is more work to do if policy is to be done correctly. The study cites ACE’s 2018 White Paper titled “The Case for Properly Valuing the Low…


ACE Reaction to Trump EPA’s Final Refinery Waivers

Sioux Falls, SD (January 20, 2021) – On the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted three more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests that were pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last week, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) sent a letter to the EPA Inspector General encouraging he ensure that all communications…


ACE Welcomes Long-Awaited E15 Proposal, Slams RFS Waivers

Sioux Falls, SD (January 15, 2021) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that on January 19, with one day left in the Trump administration, the Agency will issue a proposed rulemaking on E15 label revisions and underground storage tank compatibility, and separately will seek comment on waiver petitions from refiners and Governors of oil states under the 2019 and 2020 Renewable…


ACE Seeks Assurance EPA Administrator Wheeler is Complying with the Law on Any Final RFS Waiver Decisions

Today, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General seeking assurance that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s potential last-minute action to grant a significant number of petitions for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard complies with federal law. This action follows multiple media…


Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in RFA et al. v. EPA,  which overturned three inappropriately granted small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The following is a statement from the four co-petitioners in the lawsuit: the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers…


Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand…



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