A National Pork Producers Council's petition on California's Proposition 12, which took effect on Jan. 1, has been moved to the Supreme Court's Jan. 14

 

SCOTUS Denies Year-Round E15 Petition

Supreme Court Rejects E15 Case; Leaves Door Open on Prop 12, Clean Water Act Cases

 

By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer

1/10/2022

 

LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- The EPA would have to act in order for year-round E15 sales to restart after the Supreme Court denied Growth Energy's request for a hearing in orders handed down Monday.

 

Though the court's denial was a significant loss for the ethanol industry, two other agriculture-related petitions are still alive before the court.

 

A National Pork Producers Council's petition on California's Proposition 12, which took effect on Jan. 1, has been moved to the Supreme Court's Jan. 14 conference, according to an NPPC spokesperson. The same is true for a Clean Water Act petition filed by Michael and Chantell Sackett.

 

EPA ACTION REQUIRED ON E15 SALES ...

 

PROPOSITION 12

 

Proposition 12 bans the sale of pork from hogs that don't meet the state's new production standards. A federal appeals court upheld the law.

 

The law requires hog producers to abide by certain regulations to sell pork in California.

 

Voters in the state passed Proposition 12 in 2018 with nearly 63% of votes supporting it. The law forbids the sale of whole pork meat in California from hogs born of sows not housed in conformity with the law. Proposition 12 forbids sows from being confined in such a way that they cannot lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, or turn around without touching the sides of their stalls or other animals.

 

The National Pork Producers Council argued in briefs filed with the court that the law violates the Commerce Clause by regulating businesses beyond its borders.

 

NAVIGABLE WATERS AND WETLANDS ...

 

ROUNDUP SETTLEMENT ...

 

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