Renewable chemical production tax credit program—definition of “building block chemical,” 81.2
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to building block chemicals
and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Economic Development Authority hereby proposes to amend Chapter 81, "Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Program," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 15.106A and 15.321.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 15.316.
Purpose and Summary
Under the Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit, Iowa Code section 15.316 provides that a "building block chemical" includes a prescribed list of chemicals "or such additional molecules as may be included by the authority by rule after consultation with appropriate experts from Iowa state university, including but not limited to the Iowa state university center for biorenewable chemicals." In accordance with this Iowa Code section and the procedures set forth in rule 261—81.8(15), the Authority proposes to add five chemicals to the definition of "building block chemicals": butanoic acid, hexanoic acid, octanoic acid, pentoic acid, and heptanoic acid. Brent Shanks at the Iowa State University Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) has recommended approval of all five chemicals, and the Authority concurs.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Authority for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 261—Chapter 199.
Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Authority no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2019. Comments should be directed to:
Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making action is proposed:
Amend rule 261—81.2(15), definition of "Building block chemical," as follows:
"Building block chemical" means a molecule converted from biomass feedstock as a first product or a secondarily derived product that can be further refined into a higher-value chemical, material, or consumer product. "Building block chemical" includes but is not limited to high-purity glycerol, oleic acid, lauric acid, methanoic or formic acid, arabonic acid, erythonic acid, glyceric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, 3-hydroxypropionate, propionic acid, malonic acid, serine, succinic acid, fumaric acid, malic acid, aspartic acid, 3-hydroxybutyrolactone, acetoin, threonine, itaconic acid, furfural, levulinic acid, glutamic acid, xylonic acid, xylaric acid, xylitol, arabitol, citric acid, aconitic acid, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, lysine, gluconic acid, glucaric acid, sorbitol, gallic acid, ferulic acid, nonfuel butanol, nonfuel ethanol, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, butanoic acid, hexanoic acid, octanoic acid, pentoic acid, and heptanoic acid, or such additional molecules as may be included by the authority following the procedure in rule 261—81.8(15).