House Urges EPA to Waive RFS

More than 150 House lawmakers and seven senators sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, urging the agency to waive its renewal fuel standard (RFS) out of concern for economic harm from rising corn prices due to this summer’s drought, Inside EPA reports. The request echoes livestock groups’ recent petition to…

Hot Fuel Litigation Heats Up Again

Last week, class action claims against gasoline retailers were kept alive by a Kansas federal judge. The litigation alleged retailers sold gasoline without revealing or accounting for temperature expansion, refusing to reconsider a denial of the retailers’ motion to dismiss, said a Law360 report. “Defendants’ motion for reconsideration of motion to dismiss for lack of…

Global Food Crisis Looms

The ongoing drought in the Midwest will soon trigger a global food crisis, Bloomberg reports. In response, the International Food Policy Research Institute is asking the United States to stop its biofuel production because it uses 40% of its corn crop. “The major problem is policy,” said Shenggen Fan, the institute’s director-general, on Bloomberg Television.…