National Biodiesel Board Lauds EPA Waiver Denial
Ethanol and Biodiesel groups are hailing this week’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to deny most of the GAP small refiner waiver requests by oil companies from the Renewable Fuel Standard. National Biodiesel Board’s Paul Winters says having President Donald Trump direct the agency to deny those is helpful and much appreciated.
He says the large number of waiver petitions have caused a lot of demand destruction to America’s biodiesel producers.
Listen to an interview with Paul Winters on WNAX.
Airlines Seek Additional Help to Avoid Job Losses
U.S. airline CEOs met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday, making a last-minute attempt to convince officials to approve more coronavirus aid as mass job cuts are set to hit the industry next month.
After the meeting, Meadows said the White House is open to a stand-alone package for the sector, reiterating comments from last month. President Donald Trump late last month said the White House was weighing executive action to support the industry, but provided few details.
Airlines received $25 billion in federal aid in the March CARES Act that prohibits them from cutting jobs through Sept. 30. With that date less than two weeks away, executives urged the White House to reach a deal on a new national bailout package as more than 30,000 sector jobs are at risk starting next month.
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Vaccine Leaders Make Trial Plans Public
The companies leading Covid-19 vaccine efforts disclosed detailed information about their pivotal late-stage clinical trials, and how they plan to gauge their shots’ safety and efficacy. The moves by first Moderna, and then later from Pfizer and partner BioNTech, follow mounting fears that the effort to make a vaccine is becoming politicized, and that an inoculation could be rushed to market before it’s proven safe and effective. AstraZeneca said it would post its plans as well.
Senators Want Mobile Options for TSA PreCheck
The Transportation Security Administration would have to give travelers the option to enroll in TSA PreCheck through a secure mobile platform under a bill introduced in the Senate Tuesday.
Bill sponsors Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) want to compel TSA to follow intent of a 2018 law—The 2018 TSA Modernization Act was supposed to expand TSA PreCheck access. However, recent TSA PreCheck contracts omitted mobile options, but under this legislation, TSA would be required to work with the FBI on secure mobile enrollment option. The sponsors would like the measure attached to a stop-gap funding bill.
“This corrective legislation will get the TSA back on track to provide secure, user-friendly mobile enrollment options for rural Americans. It will also create opportunities for public and private entities to join forces in validating identity through mobile biometric capture,” said Blackburn.
A mobile option would make it easier for people to enroll at home during the coronavirus pandemic, when many TSA PreCheck operations are closed
TSA PreCheck providers include IDEMIA, Alclear LLC, and Telos Identity Management Solutions LLC.