Tag: small refinery waivers

RFA says RFS general waiver requests are unjustified and illegal

RFA says RFS general waiver requests are unjustified and illegal

February 21, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to earlier requests from oil refiners and the governors of six oil-producing states seeking a general waiver from 2019 and 2020 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. “These waiver requests, which were rushed out the door […]

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15 bipartisan Senators urge U.S. EPA to end abuse of small refinery exemptions

15 bipartisan Senators urge U.S. EPA to end abuse of small refinery exemptions

February 7, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 15 senators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review three small refinery waivers issued by the previous administration just hours before the inauguration of President Joe Biden. “If these waivers do not meet the three-part test laid out in the Tenth Circuit Court […]

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D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

January 24, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., in response to an emergency motion filed by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three small refinery petitions must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court.” The order prevents EPA from further processing the small […]

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GAO to review small refinery exemptions by Trump administration

GAO to review small refinery exemptions by Trump administration

January 11, 2020 |

In New York, Reuters reports that the U.S. Government Accountability Office will review the Trump administration’s use of waivers exempting oil refineries from the nation’s biofuel blending requirements after lawmakers called for an investigation. “The GAO, a congressional watchdog unit, accepted the request from lawmakers – including Iowa Representative Abby Finkenauer, Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson […]

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Yay or Nay for EPA? RFS Volumes out for 2020, Biodiesel for 2021 – What’s the reaction from industry?

Yay or Nay for EPA? RFS Volumes out for 2020, Biodiesel for 2021 – What’s the reaction from industry?

December 21, 2019 |

What’s the reaction from industry? Coal for Christmas? Should Santa bring coal for EPA’s stocking this year? Do the biofuels and agriculture industries think the EPA just put coal in their stocking? Is it thumbs up or thumbs down from biofuel industry advocates on last week’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency renewable fuel volumes? What about […]

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Trump says biofuel/oil negotiations more difficult than dealing with Taliban

Trump says biofuel/oil negotiations more difficult than dealing with Taliban

September 20, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., President Trump met with senators from several oil states, after meeting with biofuel-supporting farm state senators, and reportedly said the negotiations “were more difficult than dealing with the Taliban,” according to Bloomberg. The Thursday White House meeting was an attempt by oil states to discourage Trump from pushing forward ethanol and biodiesel […]

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Trump’s latest plan could up 2020 biofuel quotas by 1 billion gallons

Trump’s latest plan could up 2020 biofuel quotas by 1 billion gallons

September 7, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Bloomberg reports that White House administration officials are working on a plan to give a 5% increase to biofuel blending quotas in 2020 as President Trump looks to gain favor with the agriculture sector after losing it recently due to the small refinery waivers. While Trump hasn’t approved the plan yet, and […]

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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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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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President Trump called EPA before small refinery exemptions announcement

President Trump called EPA before small refinery exemptions announcement

August 18, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reported that President Trump made a phone call last week to Andrew Wheeler at the EPA to give the go ahead on the small refinery exemptions to 31 of the 40 applications, with sources citing that President Trump just wanted the issue off his desk. The small refinery exemption waivers were […]

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