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Iowa Biodiesel Board looks for silver lining in EPA announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Biodiesel Board   
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:55

ANKENY, Iowa – Reacting to today’s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency that it will not finalize the 2014 Required Volume Obligations before the end of the year, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, issued the following statement:

“At the news of this delay, we’re hopeful it could indicate that EPA might be taking the time to revise its proposal. An increased RVO for biomass-based diesel would mean good news for Iowa, the number one biodiesel-producing state. Uncertainty has hurt the biodiesel industry and created a ripple effect through the farming community, major ag suppliers and equipment companies. But the EPA has the chance to reverse this.

“The Proposed Rule as it stood would have taken biodiesel backwards from the volumes produced in 2013. The Administration has a chance to make it right by finalizing a 2014 rule that sets the Renewable Fuel Standard’s biomass-based diesel volumes at or above the nearly 1.8 billion gallons consumed in 2013. We also urge them to fix the RVO process so we don’t have to face this disruptive uncertainty every year. We need to put biodiesel back on the course of diversifying America’s fuel supply, supporting green jobs and boosting economic development.”

The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a nonpartisan state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.

 
Harkin Statement on EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Volume Obligation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:52

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued a statement following the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they will not issue the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Volume Obligations before the end of the year.

“The Environmental Protection Agency threw the biofuels industry into chaos and confusion when it proposed lowering 2014 renewable fuel requirements from what we enacted into law. Now, the EPA will allow the uncertainty it created to linger on, saying 2015 is the soonest it will announce the amount of renewable fuel that is required to be blended and used in 2014. The EPA went astray when it gave credence to the notion there is some arbitrary limit to biofuels’ potential in our fuel supply. That is a wrong interpretation of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the EPA must now issue renewable fuel requirements that meet the purpose and intent of the RFS to boost energy security and jobs while reducing fossil fuel use.”

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Loebsack: EPA’s Non-Announcement on RFS Continues Uncertainty for Ethanol Industry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:50

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not finalize the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations for 2014. The original rule proposed by the EPA last year would have had a devastating impact on farmers, rural communities and future investments in biofuels. Loebsack has been leading the fight to highlight the importance of the RFS to Iowa. The EPA’s announcement of the delay can be found here.

“Today’s non-announcement by the EPA only creates further uncertainty for Iowa’s farmers and rural communities. The RFS has proven it is working and is the right policy for Iowa and our country. I am pleased the EPA did not move forward with their original proposal for 2014, which would have devastated Iowa’s farmers, but now it is time for the EPA to get it right. The RFS creates jobs, supports our agricultural communities and lessens our dependence on foreign oil. I will continue to fight to ensure the EPA follows the law with a robust RFS that provides the certainty our farmers deserve.”

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Branstad, Reynolds issue statement on EPA’s decision to delay ruling on RFS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:37

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today issued a statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Agency will not finalize a rule in 2014 and will delay the ruling until 2015 “prior to or in conjunction with action on the 2015 standards rule.”

“We’re pleased the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration halted their ill-advised proposed rule for the time being, but unfortunately, this decision only creates more uncertainty,” said Branstad. “Across the nation, renewable fuels have helped spark economic development, create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase consumer choice. While we would have liked to see the Environmental Protection Agency commit to a robust Renewable Fuel Standard for the long-term, we received a clear signal through this process that America supports renewable fuels and our state’s work to produce high-quality biofuels.”

“Though we were hoping for the certainty of a robust Renewable Fuel Standard, we’re pleased the Environmental Protection Agency backed away from their initial proposal,” said Reynolds. “We’ll continue fighting for Iowa farmers and consumers who value a choice at the pump and Americans who seek energy independence through safe, reliable and renewable energy.”

Branstad and Reynolds have led the effort in Iowa to stop the EPA’s proposed rule on the RFS. Some examples of their leadership are as follows:

State and Federal elected officials, including Gov. Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds, participated in a “Defend the RFS” event.

  • Gov. Branstad traveled to Washington, DC, joining a group of Iowa farmers and biofuels producers, to testify at the Federal government’s only public RFS hearing and met with EPA Administrator McCarthy.
  • Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Secretary Bill Northey and the entire Iowa congressional delegation sent a joint letter to Federal leaders advocating for the many benefits that flow from the RFS.
  • Gov. Terry Branstad and Gov. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) penned an op-ed in support of a strong RFS.
  • Gov. Terry Branstad brought together a bipartisan group of six governors to sign on to a letter to President Barack Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing their support for a strong RFS.
  • Leaders from across the Midwest joined Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds for their  “Hearing in Heartland,” which was open to all interested citizens; 83 panelists from across the Midwest Region spoke from the heart about the importance of the RFS to their livelihoods and a healthy rural economy while only two individuals expressed opposition to a robust RFS.
  • Gov. Branstad, in his Condition of the State address, called on the Iowa Legislature to pass a resolution in support of a robust RFS. The Legislature unanimously passed bicameral, bipartisan resolutions calling for the EPA to reverse course and support a strong RFS. View the resolutions: House Resolution 101 | Senate Resolution 101.
  • State of Iowa leaders submitted formal comments to the EPA with current data and analysis that demonstrates the positive impact of the RFS and provides Federal leaders the opportunity and obligation to revise their initial volume obligations upward.
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We are in immediate need for Volunteers at our Upcoming STEM Events PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCESC   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:27
No previous experience or technical background is required for many of the volunteer positions with training available. Teachers, education administers, and people in human resources are encouraged to consider volunteering to be a judge for FIRST LEGO League for Core Values (teamwork) and for the Research Project which is based around Learning.

Positions are available for adults and students in college & high school. Applications for volunteering will continue to be accepted until we fill all of the posted positions.

Volunteers will be provided food, beverages, and a great experience supporting our local youth!

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