DOE and EPA Committee Meeting Announcements
DOE Biomass R&D Committee To Hold Open Meetings
On March 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. 84 Fed. Reg. 9769. The meeting will take place in Arlington, Virginia, on March 27 - 28, 2019, and will include discussions on developing advice and guidance promoting R&D leading to the production of biobased fuels and products. The tentative agenda includes updates not only on DOE Biomass R&D activities, but also on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biomass R&D activities. Presentations from government and industry can also be expected to provide insight on the intersection of forest health and bioenergy growth. DOE will allow oral statements to be made during the meeting and will also be accepting written comments either before or after the meeting. Meeting minutes will be available for public review and copying on the Biomass Board’s website.
EPA Announces Public Hearing On Modifications To RFS RIN Market Regulations
On March 18, 2019, (EPA) announced a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule: “Modifications to Fuel Registrations to Provide Flexibility for E15: Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations.” 84 Fed. Reg. 9734. The proposed rule would implement regulatory changes allowing E15 to take advantage of a Renewal Fuels Standard (RFS) program waiver. Currently, the 1-psi Raid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver only applies to ten percent ethanol (E10) during the summer months. The proposed rule also includes an interpretative definition of E15 gasoline as “substantially similar” to the fuel used to certify Tier 3 motor vehicles. Lastly, EPA is also proposing changes to some RFS compliance system elements that would improve renewable identification number market functioning and prevent market manipulation. The public hearing will take place in Ypsilanti, MI, on March 29, 2019. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2019. 84 Fed. Reg. 10584. Comments are due by April 29, 2019.