Home > News > Ethanol Industry Optimistic After Call for EPA Small Refinery Exemption Rejection

The Trump Administration is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject 67 gap-year small-refinery Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) waivers. Ethanol industry leaders say the waivers — like the 67 in question that are retroactive as far back as 2011 — hamper demand for the renewable fuel and cut overall consumer and commercial consumption, and rejecting waiver requests will help sustain demand. Similar waiver requests have increased since January, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that EPA had previously mishandled waiver requests based on the idea the smaller refiners suffered “disproportionate economic hardship” of RFS costs. See more about the request and industry response.

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