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June 2014 Archive for PFA Pioneer Blog

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Still Waiting on Washington to Act

Jun 20, 2014

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

June 20, 2014

Final 2014 RFS may come ‘late fall'

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not likely release final rules on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements until “late fall” this year, according to our sources. Ironically, one source says the 2014 final rule details could come out at or near the time EPA is required by law to announce the 2015 RFS volume details. Contacts continue to signal the ethanol volume requirement will likely be 13.6 billion gallons, with biodiesel at 1.28 billion gallons.
 

 

Permanent tax extensions mulled

Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers note a push is on to extend some lapsed tax incentive extenders permanently, such as Section 179 equipment expensing. The biodiesel tax incentive extension could be one that is not extended permanently but would still get a retroactive extension through 2015. Several biodiesel industry stakeholders have told lawmakers and congressional staff they are continuing to produce biodiesel on the expectation the incentive will be extended retroactively. If not, there will be significant financial implications for some.

 


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‘Waters of the U.S.’ defense met with skepticism

Jun 13, 2014

Pro Farmer Extra

- From the Editors of Pro Farmer newsletter -

June 13, 2014

‘Waters of the U.S.’ defense met with skepticism

Attempts to correct “misinformation” about the proposed waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule as part of the Clean Water Act (CWA) were met with skepticism at a House subcommittee hearing last week. Officials with EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers said the rule would not further restrict farmland use nor would it impact backyard swimming pools or roadside or ag ditches. Pointed questions by lawmakers indicated they were not convinced.

Lawmakers also expressed concern that WOTUS represents a major power grab by the federal government. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said, “It’s the responsibility of Congress, not the administration, to define the scope of regulatory jurisdiction under the CWA.”

Another critique was the lack of input from states. Rep. Don Young (R-Ala.) challenged Bob Perciasepe, EPA’s deputy administrator, to name “just one state” that supported the rule and questioned if any states were consulted. Perciasepe said the agency did consult states but was unable to say which ones. He also said EPA treats states as co-regulators, not as regular stakeholders.

Perspective: The administration clearly has a lot of work to do before finalizing its rule, with the biggest issue being a high level of distrust.

 


 


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