Home Energy EPA Urged to Deny Petition for RFS Waiver Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleWeekend Forecast Keeps Market on EdgeNext articleUSB Board Member Talks Up Indiana at Farm Progress Show Gary Truitt EPA Urged to Deny Petition for RFS Waiver Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 28, 2013 Source: NAFB News Service Bob DinneenThe Renewable Fuels Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to reject the petition for a partial waiver of the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard recently submitted by the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says this is just another example of how far Big Oil will go to protect market share and block larger volumes of renewable fuel from reaching the consumer. He adds that – as trade associations – API and AFPM aren’t even entitled to file a petition for a waiver. According to a letter to Administrator Gina McCarthy – the petition from API and AFPM obscures the fundamental purpose and intent of the RFS – which is to drive the production and use of renewable fuels beyond their traditional role as fuel additives.Dinneen writes that the need to move beyond E10 in 2014 for the purposes of RFS compliance should not come as a surprise to obligated parties. He points out that it was clear as early as 2009 that the so-called E10 blend wall would occur in 2013 or 2014. But Dinneen says many obligated parties chose to blatantly ignore the strong signals compelling them to begin preparations for higher volumes of renewable fuels and to increase investments in storage and distribution infrastructure. Now – Dinneen says the members of API and AFPM are seeking relief from their obligations – arguing their failure to prepare merits reprieve. He says EPA should not reward such blatant disregard for resoundingly clear policy signals.RFA concludes that the combination of increased E85 and E15 sales, carry-over RINs from 2013 and likely administrative adjustments to the 2014 advanced biofuel standard will allow obligated parties to easily meet their RFS requirements without adverse economic consequences. Dinneen says EPA should act swiftly to reject the waiver petition. He says the conditions outlined in the Clean Air Act under which EPA may grant a waiver don’t exist and adds that the RFS is working precisely as intended. According to Dinneen – oil refiners and importers should have no difficulty meeting their 2014 blending requirements. SHARE
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Mason McClintock, 17, of Alma, Georgia, is the winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award for Civic Engagement, according to the National 4-H Council. McClintock will be recognized nationally for his resilience and leadership of his program, the Alma Entrepreneur Tour. From his retro sense of style to his effervescent personality, McClintock always felt different from others his age. When 4-H came into his life, everything changed. He found a place of belonging, somewhere he could be himself and feel encouraged by adults and his peers.“The accepting environment I’ve found in 4-H has been incredibly impactful,” McClintock said. “My 4-H leaders and peers have demonstrated empathy, humble service and a commitment to ensuring everyone feels they have a place to belong.”As a 4-H’er, McClintock developed strong leadership and communication skills, ultimately serving as the Georgia 4-H state president. He’s now using those skills to make a difference in his small, rural hometown of Alma, where he saw an opportunity to help youth explore new careers and expand their goals for the future.McClintock’s program, the Alma Entrepreneur Tour, focuses on rural entrepreneurship, identifying local entrepreneurs and connecting them with the community’s youth. The program raises awareness about innovation in business and demonstrates how overcoming obstacles can transform passions into possibilities. McClintock’s program teaches youth entrepreneurial principles while exposing them to new fields. From financial institutions and inns to department stores and agricultural operations, he has introduced more than 50 youth to a variety of new career pathways. McClintock hopes that these experiences will encourage his peers to pursue the fields they find interesting.“I hoped that if I could find a way to expose rural students to new businesses and workforces started by entrepreneurs in Alma, maybe that would be the spark they needed to realize it just takes perseverance to use your passions to create the life you want for yourself,” he said.McClintock will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education and will serve as an advocate and spokesperson for 4-H Civic Engagement programming. He will be recognized as the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Winner for Civic Engagement at the 10th Annual 4-H Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 12. Three other 2019 Youth in Action Pillar winners, Addy Battel of Michigan (Agriculture Pillar winner); Elisabeth Watkins of California (Healthy Living Pillar winner); and Clyde Van Dyke of New York (STEM Pillar winner), also will be recognized. The 4-H Youth in Action Awards were established in 2010 to recognize 4-H’ers who have overcome challenges and used the knowledge they gained in 4-H to create a lasting impact in their community.Amelia Day of Fort Valley, Georgia, won the 2017 National 4-H Youth in Action Citizenship award for creating the nonprofit organization Operation: Veteran Smiles to provide care packages to veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Sophia Rodriguez of Hinesville, Georgia, was awarded the 2018 National 4-H Youth in Action Healthy Living Pillar Award for her program promoting the emotional well-being of children in military families through her Tie-Dye for Troops program.To learn more about the 4-H Youth in Action program and to view pillar winners from around the country, visit www.4-h.org/youthinaction. To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to georgia4h.org/.