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TRUMP ORDERS EPA CHIEF TO BACK RFS

President Donald Trump has reportedly kept a key campaign promise to protect the nation’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), ordering U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon a last-minute proposal to reduce the required volumes for cellulosic, advanced and total biofuels in the RFS next year. Pruitt notified senators that EPA will finalize its RFS rule… read more

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EPA NOMINEESS ON HOLD

A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the U.S. EPA. The confirmations are being held up by senators from corn belt states who object to Trump’s proposed reduction in renewable fuels. More than 30 senators signed the letter urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to revise the proposal. (FOX… read more

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GUEBERT RECOMMENDS CHANGES TO WOTUS DEFINITION

Illinois farmers need a definition of “waters of the U.S.” that provides clarity and certainty – a definition understood without an attorney, engineer or consultant, IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr., recommended Tuesday to the U.S. EPA. “I want to be very clear in this statement: Illinois farmers demand a better version of the WOTUS rule,”… read more

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SCIENTISTS QUESTION DICAMBA RESTRICTIONS

U.S. weed specialists doubt that the EPA’s new restrictions on dicamba will prevent crop damage next year,  according to Reuters. “Nothing in these new restrictions addresses volatility, and that’s still an issue,” said Aaron Hager, University of Illinois. The EPA Friday announced new restrictions to the herbicide after growers across the U.S. filed complaints of… read more

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EPA OKs DICAMBA

The EPA Friday said it will continue to let farmers use dicamba next year, with a few additional restrictions. In an effort to stop to drift problems which have plagued farmers this year, EPA will require special training to apply the chemical; restrict application if the wind speed is greater than 10 miles per hour;… read more

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WATER QUALITY, NE TO MIDWEST

Could the Chesapeake Bay’s federally-mandated water clean-up plan easily be translated to the Mississippi River Watershed? To find out, NPR spoke with IFB’s Lauren Lurkins. “It’s a huge land mass that is covered and it gets really complicated and it makes for a bigger effort that is pushed down from the federal government,” Lurkins said. “Illinois farmers… read more

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EPA, CORPS PLAN TO REPEAL WOTUS RULE

The US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday announced plans to rescind the controversial “waters of the U.S.” rule. The agencies proposed two separate rulemaking steps: Rescinding the WOTUS rule and re-evaluating and revising the definition of “waters of the U.S.” Agricultural groups, which have fought the rule for year, applauded the news. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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ENVIRONMENT OFFICIALS SAY U.S. TO LOSE JOBS

Canada’s environment minister and the head of the U.N. environment agency said Monday that the U.S. stands to lose jobs by pulling out of the Paris Climate accord. U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim said China is already very competitive on energy. Solheim said the U.S. will be the biggest loser because all green jobs will… read more

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#CORN #ETHANOL FACES ITS LIMITS

Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 billion-gallon gap by 2022. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which was passed by Congress in 2007, refiners must blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels in… read more

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TRUMP TO EPA: FREEZE GRANTS, CONTRACTS

The Trump team Monday told officials at the EPA to freeze its grants and contracts, a move that could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized plans to improve air quality. The EPA awards more than $4 billion in funding for grants and other assistance agreements each year. (Washington Post)

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