Tag: EPA

Illinois representative introduces bill to regulate fairness in EPA’s hardship waiver policies

Illinois representative introduces bill to regulate fairness in EPA’s hardship waiver policies

September 19, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) introduced the Small Refinery Exemption Fairness Act of 2019 after the EPA continues to increase the number of small refineries exempted from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Davis’ bipartisan bill would require the EPA Administrator to use the average number of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) granted in the previous […]

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National Biodiesel Board frustrated with court backing EPA on hardship waivers

National Biodiesel Board frustrated with court backing EPA on hardship waivers

September 9, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed frustration with a Court decision declining to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to properly account for its flood of retroactive small refinery exemptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit dismissed on technical grounds NBB’s petition on the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard rule. NBB […]

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IRS and EPA sign MOU to help reduce RIN fraud

IRS and EPA sign MOU to help reduce RIN fraud

September 5, 2019 |

In Washington, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and EPA that creates an agreement to share information about fuel production facilities and fuel program compliance to facilitate policy development, market understanding, data verification for renewable fuel credits, identification and reduction of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud in […]

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DC district court rules EPA right in its 2014-2016 RFS rulemaking

DC district court rules EPA right in its 2014-2016 RFS rulemaking

September 2, 2019 |

In Washington, Courthouse News reports that a DC district court ruled last Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency was right in its rulemaking of the Renewable Fuel Standard, ruling against complaints by both the oil industry who said blending mandates for 2014-2016 were too high as well as the biofuel industry who said they were […]

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RFA submits comments to EPA on 2020 volume obligations

RFA submits comments to EPA on 2020 volume obligations

August 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., in formal comments submitted on Friday in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations, the Renewable Fuels Association called on the EPA to follow the law and make up for the lost blending volumes resulting from the numerous secretive refinery waivers granted by the agency. “There is […]

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Iowa governor planning Washington fly-in over EPA-led ethanol demand destruction

Iowa governor planning Washington fly-in over EPA-led ethanol demand destruction

August 27, 2019 |

In Iowa, Radio Iowa reports that the governor is planning an emergency fly-in to Washington along with other Midwest governors to tell President Trump face-to-face about the impacts the Environmental Protection Agency’s hardship waivers are having on the ethanol industry and the communities it supports. The governor has recently been appointed Trump’s Iowa reelection campaign […]

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RFA says documents show EPA ignored advise on small refinery waivers

RFA says documents show EPA ignored advise on small refinery waivers

August 26, 2019 |

In Washington, documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). According to the documents, which detail the […]

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Democrat Senators write EPA demand end to hardship waivers

Democrat Senators write EPA demand end to hardship waivers

August 26, 2019 |

In Washington, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, along with Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the harmful abuse of small refinery hardship waivers […]

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Trump orders agencies to boost biofuel blending quotas for 2021

Trump orders agencies to boost biofuel blending quotas for 2021

August 25, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the backlash from biofuels and agriculture industries over the recent 31 small refinery waivers from the EPA has caused President Trump to request a push for more E15 beyond the more common E10 gasoline, and a request for the EPA “to give a 500 million gallon boost to the amount of conventional […]

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White House looking at several options to backtrack on EPA’s hardship waiver approvals

White House looking at several options to backtrack on EPA’s hardship waiver approvals

August 22, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that a cabinet meeting held at the White House on Thursday discussed several options to reduce tension in the farm belt following the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of 31 hardship waivers recently, including the reversal of some of those approvals. Another option is one that the ethanol industry has long called […]

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