EPA Provides Funding for Environmental Education Local Grants
EPA is announcing up to $3 million in funding for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy, and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local communities where they are located. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA's 10 regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. For information on the EE Grants Program, visit EPA's Environmental Education Grants webpage.
The 2021 Requests for Applications is posted on www.grants.gov. Applications are due December 6, 2021.
Potential Future Regulation Addressing Pyrolysis and Gasification Units
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting information and requesting comments to assist in the potential development of regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units that are used to convert solid or semi-solid feedstocks to useful products such as energy, fuels and chemical commodities. Comments must be received on or before November 8, 2021. For more information, click here.
California County Loads Its Digester Bunkers
Santa Barbara County's Anaerobic Digester Facility (ADF) at the Tajiguas Landfill ReSource Center has begun filling their bunkers with organic waste. The facility has sixteen bunkers which can handle 74,600 tons per year of organic waste. Using dry fermentation, the organic waste will be converted into electricity and compost. The ReSource Center also includes a materials recovery facility (MRF) to separate commingled organic wase from trash. The MRF and ADF are expected to be certified by CalRecycle as a "high diversion" facility, meaning it diverts more than 75 percent of organic waste from landfill disposal. For more information, click here.
California Company Signs Deal with Delta Air Lines
Aemetis, Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with Delta Air Lines for 250 million gallons of blended fuel containing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The SAF will be produced by the Aemetis plant in Riverbank, California. The plant will produce 90 million gallons per year of below zero carbon intensity renewable fuels by utilizing cellulosic hydrogen from forest waste and orchard wood along with onsite carbon sequestration. For more information, click here.
Shell Facility to Provide Renewable Natural Gas to California
Shell is producing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its first US biomethane facility in Junction City, Oregon. The facility processes manure and agricultural waste to produce 736,000 million British thermal units per year of RNG, which will supply fueling sites in Carson, Van Nuys, Signal Hill, and San Jose, California. For more information, click here.