Renewable Fuels Association seeks to stop EPA’s latest refinery waivers
The President of the Renewable Fuels Association says he’s not surprised outgoing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler granted three new ethanol blending waivers granted late Tuesday.
Geoff Cooper says, “We’re just frustrated but not terribly surprised by the last-minute actions of this administration.”
Cooper tells Brownfield the new waivers total 260 million gallons of ethanol for three oil refiners under their 2018 and 2019 obligations, and like all other waivers, EPA has not disclosed which refiners received the waivers.
Cooper says the Renewable Fuels Association is not going to stand by and simply let those new exemptions take effect without a fight. “Within hours of those exemptions being announced, we filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the agency action in the D.C. Circuit Court so we’re hopeful the court is going to take a quick look at this, call a time out, and tell the EPA not to move any further.”
The EPA’s action to grant the new Small Refinery Exemptions is also opposed by the National Corn Growers Association, and other biofuels groups.