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President Trump Expected to Issue Executive Order Shifting RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

February 28, 2017

President Trump Expected to Issue Executive Order Shifting RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

NATSO has learned that President Trump is likely to issue an Executive Order as early as today directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to shift compliance requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) downstream from the refinery to the terminal rack.

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

February 23, 2017

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

In comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency on February 22, NATSO urged EPA not to shift the compliance requirements downstream from the refinery to the terminal rack. Many merchant refiners have urged EPA to require wholesalers and retailers to purchase RINs under the RFS. NATSO has strongly opposed this effort.

Trump Administration Uses Obama's Legal Arguments in RFS Case

February 16, 2017

Trump Administration Uses Obama's Legal Arguments in RFS Case

In a brief filed in federal court on Feb. 14, the Trump Administration Department of Justice reiterated legal arguments made by the Obama Administration to defend against claims from the refining industry that Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume mandates are too high, and from renewable groups that the mandates are too low. This is a welcome development for many stakeholders concerned that the Trump Administration could significantly disrupt RFS implementation, but it remains possible that incoming EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt intends to do just that.

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Testifies Before Senate EPW

January 19, 2017

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Testifies Before Senate EPW

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on Jan. 18 questioned Oklahoma Attorney General and EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt for more than six hours in his confirmation hearing before the committee. The hearing touched on a wide range of environmental topics, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, ongoing efforts to change compliance responsibility under the RFS, and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and trucks.

Trucking, Rails Oppose Shifting RFS Compliance Requirements Downstream

January 18, 2017

Trucking, Rails Oppose Shifting RFS Compliance Requirements Downstream

The trade associations representing America’s trucking fleets, drivers and railroads today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject petitions to move the point of compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) arguing that doing so would disrupt the fuels market and raise consumer prices without added benefit to consumers or the RFS program.

NATSO Applauds Senators for Addressing RFS Compliance Requirements With EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

January 6, 2017

NATSO Applauds Senators for Addressing RFS Compliance Requirements With EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

A number of Republican Senators from states that produce renewable fuels met on Jan. 5 with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

GAO Reports Say Renewable Fuel Standard Unlikely to Meet Greenhouse Gas Targets

December 5, 2016

GAO Reports Say Renewable Fuel Standard Unlikely to Meet Greenhouse Gas Targets

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is unlikely to meet projected cuts in greenhouse gases (GHG) largely because of shortfalls in advanced biofuels productions, the Government Accountability Office said in a pair of reports issued Dec. 1.

NATSO, Fuel Groups Unite To Oppose Moving Point of Obligation Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

December 1, 2016

NATSO, Fuel Groups Unite To Oppose Moving Point of Obligation Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO joined seven fuel associations representing the majority of participants across the transportation fuels sector in expressing unified support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to keep the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA Finalizes 2017 RFS Requirements

November 28, 2016

EPA Finalizes 2017 RFS Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 23 issued the final volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. EPA also released a final 2018 standard for biomass-based diesel.

NATSO Meets With OMB to Discuss Renewable Fuel Standard

November 19, 2016

NATSO Meets With OMB to Discuss Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO met with officials from the White House Office of Management and Budget Nov. 15 to discuss the forthcoming final rule outlining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations for 2017.

EPA Sides with NATSO, Fuel Marketers in RFS Decision

November 14, 2016

EPA Sides with NATSO, Fuel Marketers in RFS Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 10 that it is proposing to deny recent requests to change the "point of obligation" under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners and importers downstream to "position holders" at the rack, including many fuel marketers and blenders. The decision marks an important positive development for NATSO members. NATSO has spent more than a year educating EPA and the entire fuel marketing community on this issue and urging EPA to maintain the current point of of obligation.

EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS

November 10, 2016

EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will not alter the “point of obligation” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The announcement was accompanied by a comprehensive analysis detailing the effectiveness of the current point of obligation, as well as a thorough rebuttal of arguments in support of changing the point of obligation. NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement on EPA’s report:

NATSO Discusses Opposition to Moving Point of Obligation Under RFS at Energy Conference

September 22, 2016

NATSO Discusses Opposition to Moving Point of Obligation Under RFS at Energy Conference

Moving the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) downstream away from refiners would discourage fuel marketers from integrating renewable fuels into the fuel supply while simultaneously raising fuel prices at the pump, NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs said Sept. 21 at an energy conference.

API Urges EPA to Reject Petitions to Move Point of Obligation Under RFS

August 18, 2016

API Urges EPA to Reject Petitions to Move Point of Obligation Under RFS

The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Aug. 15 urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny petitions for a rulemaking that request EPA to move the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO

August 11, 2016

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO

Shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from fuel refiners and importers to blenders would reduce competition at the rack and lead to lower renewable fuel use and higher retail prices, NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs told OPIS.

Fuels Update: Clinton Defends Position on RFS, AFPM Petitions EPA to Move RFS Compliance Burden

August 5, 2016

Fuels Update: Clinton Defends Position on RFS, AFPM Petitions EPA to Move RFS Compliance Burden

The Clinton Campaign announced on Aug. 3 that it does not support replacing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with a national low-carbon fuel standard similar to what is in place in California. The statement came in response to a news story that Clinton had reached out to California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials to discuss whether a low-carbon fuel standard could be applied at a national level. The Clinton campaign said that this outreach was simply "part of the campaign's ongoing stakeholder outreach efforts." CARB chair Mary Nichols is considered to be on Clinton's short-list of potential EPA administrators. In other RFS news, AFPM formally petitioned EPA to move the point of obligation under the RFS from the refinery to rack sellers and the Renewable Fuels Association asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the EPA to investigate whether anyone is manipulating the RINs market.

NATSO Submits Comments To EPA on Renewable Fuels

July 15, 2016

NATSO Submits Comments To EPA on Renewable Fuels

NATSO submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on the Agency's proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2017, and biodiesel mandates for 2018. Every year EPA announces mandatory renewable fuel obligations for refiners. NATSO comments on the proposal -- which will likely be finalized in late November -- were largely supportive. Read the comments here

June 26, 2016

House Committee Examines Renewable Fuel Standard

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on June 22 to examine the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) implementation, market impact, and possibilities for reform. Although Congress is not expected to consider any serious legislative proposal revising or repealing the RFS this year, legislators are likely to examine reform ideas in the next Congress beginning in 2017. The June 22 hearing provided a preview of what that debate will look like.

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2017

May 23, 2016

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2017

On May 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also included a proposed 2018 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel (the 2017 biomass-based diesel number was finalized in late 2015).

EPA Sends 2017 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

April 21, 2016

EPA Sends 2017 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 15 submitted its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), marking the final step before the rule is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

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