The refinery industry and lawmakers are leveling fresh criticism at the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the agency failed to act quickly enough to protect the industry from fraudulent biodiesel certificates.
The issue surrounds a series of fraud schemes uncovered in the last year in which companies obtained and traded bogus EPA renewable identification numbers (RINS) that are supposed to prove fuel blenders and refiners have used require amounts of biodiesel in their products.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the House Energy Action Team has discussed renewable energy as part of energy legislation that could attract Democratic support, National Journal reports.
Though water supplies are plentiful, the surge of hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota has prompted a battle between water providers and a government-back cooperative over who should supply water for the process, Reuters reports.
Environmental activists called on Organizing for Action, the political group built from President Obama's campaign, to press the administration against approving the Keystone XL pipeline, Politico reports.