Tag: SRE

Biofuels industry applauds EPA’s decision to uphold 10th Circuit Court SRE ruling

Biofuels industry applauds EPA’s decision to uphold 10th Circuit Court SRE ruling

February 22, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is supporting the Tenth Circuit Court’s January 2020 decision in Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. EPA. After careful review of the decision, EPA’s new leadership agrees with both the court and the biofuel litigants that small refinery exemptions were meant to be temporary and […]

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Iowa ethanol production hit hard by pandemic, SREs and trade disputes

Iowa ethanol production hit hard by pandemic, SREs and trade disputes

January 21, 2021 |

In Iowa, compared to 2019, Iowa ethanol production fell 500 million gallons, or 12 percent, in 2020 as a result of dramatic demand destruction resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade disputes around the globe, and illegal exemptions granted from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Producing only 3.7 billion gallons, 2020 was the second year in […]

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Supreme Court to review 10th Circuit SRE decision in April

Supreme Court to review 10th Circuit SRE decision in April

January 11, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports the Supreme Court has agreed to review the 10th Circuit Court’s January 2020 ruling on how the Environmental Protection Agency approves small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The court ruling has sent the industry and RIN markets on their heads with the EPA forced to rework how SREs are […]

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EPA publishes consent decree for one of its pending SRE court cases

EPA publishes consent decree for one of its pending SRE court cases

January 5, 2021 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has published a consent decree for public comment that would seek to settle one of its pending cases with small oil refiners—in this case with United Refining Company—over failure to make a decision regarding approvals of small refiner exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA didn’t make a […]

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Farmer-owned refinery cooperative latest to sue EPA over SRE rejection

Farmer-owned refinery cooperative latest to sue EPA over SRE rejection

December 24, 2020 |

In Washington, DTN reports 10 refining companies have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over rejection of their small refinery exemption applications, the latest of which is a farmers cooperative operating in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. CountryMark supplies mostly farmers at its 100 retail stations around the region and is a big supporter of […]

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Trump Administration tells Supreme Court to not hear oil refiners’ case against SRE ruling

Trump Administration tells Supreme Court to not hear oil refiners’ case against SRE ruling

December 10, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Trump Administration through the Department of Justice has told the Supreme Court in a brief filed Tuesday it should not hear a case brought by oil refiners seeking to have the 10th Circuit Court ruling regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s way of approving small refinery exemptions. With the biofuels […]

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President Trump says “no way” to SRE gap year requests

President Trump says “no way” to SRE gap year requests

September 9, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports President Trump himself has told the Environmental Protection Agency to deny the “gap-year” waiver applications oil refiners submitted following the 10th Circuit Court ruling in January that slammed how EPA awarded SRE waivers previously. The decision to deny the waivers is thought to potentially help Iowa Senator Joni Ernst in her […]

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Bipartisan senators and governors demand EPA reject SRE gap petitions

Bipartisan senators and governors demand EPA reject SRE gap petitions

June 29, 2020 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined his colleagues, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in sending a bipartisan letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years. In the letter, the senators warn […]

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EPA administrator has no idea how many SRE applications have been filed

EPA administrator has no idea how many SRE applications have been filed

June 16, 2020 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said in an interview that he doesn’t know how many requests for small refinery exemptions have been filed but believes that applications for “gap” SREs should be treated like any other request. The Department of Energy is currently reviewing the applications, […]

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EPA chooses to not appeal SRE court ruling but four small refiners do

EPA chooses to not appeal SRE court ruling but four small refiners do

March 25, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency did not file an appeal to the decision by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on small refinery exemptions made in January, which the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers calls “astonishing” and “effectively ends the small-refinery exemption program,” a move that has been praised by the […]

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