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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Two small refiners not receiving exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard in EPA’s latest round of waivers announced on Aug. 9, continue to fight the agency’s rejection in federal court. At the same time, agriculture and biofuel interests continue to wait for a potential biofuels deal from the Trump administration.On Aug. 9, the EPA announced the approval of 31 new small-refinery exemptions to the RFS for 2018 and rejected six total requests. The agency still has two additional requests for 2018 pending.At this point, two refiners have petitioned federal courts for a review of the EPA’s decision. That includes Big West Oil Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, which operates a 31,500-barrel-per-day refiner, and Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company in Sinclair, Wyoming, a 75,000 barrel per day (bpd) facility.In all, President Donald Trump’s EPA has granted 85 exemptions, totaling more than 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons not blended in petroleum. That includes several hundred million gallons of biodiesel.The Trump administration’s Aug. 9 announcement rocked rural America when it was reported the president himself ordered the agency to grant the latest exemptions.Since then, both oil and ethanol interests have had meetings at the White House to consider a supposed deal to make changes to the RFS as a result of the outcry about the exemptions.Earlier this week, reports in Reuters and Bloomberg said the White House has agreed to make changes to the RFS to reallocate exempted gallons.DTN contacted EPA Tuesday afternoon requesting more information, but as of Wednesday morning, the agency had not responded.Meanwhile, Big West has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, https://www.epa.gov/…, and Sinclair has filed two petitions in separate courts. including the appeals court in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, https://www.epa.gov/….“The action in this case applies only to one refinery that is located in Wyoming and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a parent company located in Utah,” Sinclair said in its petition. “Notwithstanding this fact, EPA argues that its action is ‘nationally applicable’ under Section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act because a senior EPA official sent a short memorandum to another EPA official saying that she had granted 31 small-refinery RFS exemption petitions and denied six others. Although Sinclair was not mentioned in this memorandum, and the memorandum contained no justification for denying Sinclair’s petition, EPA argues that the memorandum was a nationally applicable action in which Sinclair’s petition was denied.”The EPA has filed a motion to dismiss Sinclair’s petition in the 10th Circuit, which prompted the company to file the same petition in the D.C. court.Ironically, the EPA frequently has cited an August 2017 10th Circuit ruling related to the denial of a previous Sinclair exemption request. In that case, the court found the EPA had used too strict of a standard when it denied Sinclair’s request.Todd Neeley can be reached at email@example.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who is making a return to international cricket after a three-month doping ban, seems to be geared up for the upcoming four-Test series against England.In an attempt to leave no stones unturned, Shah had spoken to Australian spin legend Shane Warne seeking advice on how to succeed in English conditions. Warne, more often than not, troubled the English batsmen at their home. He played 22 Tests in England and took 129 wickets at an average 21.94. (Also read: Hope England tour helps revive cricket series in Pakistan, says Misbah) “I have watched his (Warne’s) videos and also had a chat with him on telephone because he has an excellent track record in English conditions,” Shah told. (Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board fumes as Mohammad Amir appears on TV show) PTI before the team’s departure for London on Saturday.”There would be no better place to make a successful comeback to Test cricket than England and I am looking forward to the first Test at Lords,” he said.LUCKY ESCAPE The leg-spinner who was lucky to escape with a three-month ban after pleading he took his wife’s medicines for blood pressure by mistake said he was looking forward to the upcoming four-Test series.”Not only the Tests, I also want to cement my place in the limited-over sides,” he added.’BIG FAN OF WARNE’ Shah said he had always been a big fan of Shane Warne and met him in the UAE, as well as in Australia when Pakistan went there for the World Cup last year.advertisement”I know Pakistan has produced some great leg-spinners but Warne has impressed me with his excellent record in England.”The 30-year old said he had spent hours watching videos of Warne bowling in England and also chatted with the Australian to pick up some tips.However, the 30-year-old has left behind the bitter memory and now looks to spin a web around the English batsmen at their home.Shah said Warne had told him the importance of varying the pace in English conditions.”I am looking forward to meeting him again in England. And I am looking forward to bowling to the English batsmen in their own backyard it will be a big challenge but I love challenges,” he said.Shah missed the first Test last year against England in the UAE due to a back injury but came back strongly in the next two Tests.The leg-spinner, who missed the boot camp in Kakul due to a knee problem, said he was delighted that Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had shown a lot of faith in his abilities to win matches for Pakistan.
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROL.Y. Marlow wants more than platitudes. She wants people to do more than rock a bumper sticker on the back of their Volvo or Subaru. As Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in full effect this October, the CEO and Founder of Saving Promise kicked off “Don’t Just Give A Damn” about the issue. And she has the campaign to do it.#dontjustgiveadamn is a video and a call to action for people to address the importance of domestic violence. The initiative calls for people to do just three things this month: Donate $1, Make a pledge writing down what you will do to stop domestic violence and share the campaign via social media.This is a screenshot from the video, “Don’t Just Give A Damn”, a new campaign launched by L.Y. Marlow to encourage people to get involved in domestic violence awareness, activism and assistance. (Courtesy Photo)Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), pulled from the CDC’s 2010 National Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survey. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Also according to NCADV 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.In D.C. alone, 32,794 domestic violence-related calls were made to the Metropolitan Police Department in 2013, according to the NCADV. That’s approximately 1 call every 16 minutes.Saving Promise is an organization Marlow started after coming to grips with the history of domestic violence in her family.“Saving Promise is inspired by my family story of five generations of domestic violence in my family including my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter,” Marlow said in a phone interview. “And my daughter’s little girl Promise became the fifth generation as she lay on the bed next to my daughter at six months old as my daughter was strangled and almost killed for the second time.”Located near Howard University, the organization has been around for over ten years now.Marlow wants everyone to know that making a difference is not just about big donations. Doing something is a very individual process when it comes to domestic violence.“Doing something could be as simple as a mother talking to her daughter about domestic violence,” Marlow said. “It could be getting a group of friends together for dinner to discuss it.”The Don’t Just Give A Damn campaign will hopefully extend into the new year, Marlow said. For more information please go to the website at www.savingpromise.org.