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EPA Considers Identifying Petitioners Seeking Small Refinery Waivers

April 15, 2019

EPA Considers Identifying Petitioners Seeking Small Refinery Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering changing its policy to allow it to identify those refiners seeking small refinery waivers that exempt them from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a request for comment released by EPA on April 12, the agency is seeking public comment on whether it should disclose petitioners’ names, identify facilities and locations as well as describe the relief requested. Currently, most information about RFS waiver applicants is considered to be confidential.

NATSO Analysis: RIN Market Volatility Driven By Policy Announcements, Rumors & News Reports; Reforms Unnecessary

February 21, 2019

NATSO Analysis: RIN Market Volatility Driven By Policy Announcements, Rumors & News Reports; Reforms Unnecessary

In the coming weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose regulations that would reform the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), which are the "credits" EPA uses to ensure that refiners satisfy their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Although the supposed purpose of these reforms is to "improve transparency" and limit volatility in RIN markets, the reforms under consideration would cause more harm than good. In fact, as NATSO's "RIN Market Volatility" Chart demonstrates, wild RIN price swings over the past several years have been caused by policy announcements, rumors, and news reports, rather than any underlying flaw in RIN markets themselves.

Looking Ahead in 2019

January 2, 2019

Looking Ahead in 2019

The New Year will usher in a new chapter of the Trump Administration that will have wide-ranging consequences for NATSO’s policy priorities. Here is an overview of NATSO’s top legislative issues and their outlook for 2019.

NATSO to Testify on the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act

December 10, 2018

NATSO to Testify on the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act

NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov is scheduled to testify Dec. 11 before a Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act.

EPA Releases Final 2019 Renewable Fuel Mandates

November 30, 2018

EPA Releases Final 2019 Renewable Fuel Mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will require 19.92 billion gallons of biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel system under its 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). But in issuing the numbers, the agency failed to address NATSO’s concerns about its practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS — even small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities such as Andeavor.

A Renewable Fuels Standard Deep Dive from the Alternative Fuels Council

July 1, 2018

A Renewable Fuels Standard Deep Dive from the Alternative Fuels Council

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which has been in place since 2005, can be a complex issue to untangle and understand.

Looking Ahead in 2018

January 2, 2018

Looking Ahead in 2018

While infrastructure funding ranks among the top issues for truckstops and travel plaza operators, it’s just one of many issues in which NATSO will engage in 2018. Here’s an overview of the top NATSO issues that will be in play this year.

A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

December 14, 2017

A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

For more than a decade, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has sought to improve the emissions characteristics of fuel and support the domestic biofuels sector, while increasing American energy independence and security. The program calls for increasing volumes of renewable fuels—known as renewable volume obligations (RVOs)—to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply every year.

Iowa 80 Thanks Senator Ernst for RFS Leadership

December 4, 2017

Iowa 80 Thanks Senator Ernst for RFS Leadership

Delia Moon Meier, owner and senior vice president of the Iowa 80 truckstop, recently applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its recent decision to reject proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as well as thanking Iowa Senator Joni Ernst for helping to lead that effort.

Environmental Protection Agency Rejects Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

November 27, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Rejects Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 22 rejected proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ending a major push by merchant refiners and other obligated parties to shift what is commonly known as the point of obligation from refiners and importers to “rack sellers.”

EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

November 2, 2017

EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 1 submitted its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations -- and 2019 obligations for biomass-based diesel -- to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. This marks the final step before the proposal is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

September 27, 2017

EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 26 announced that it was seeking public comment on a new approach to establishing renewable fuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Only considering domestic production capacity. If EPA ultimately adopts this new approach, it will substantially lower retailers' incentives to incorporate renewable fuels into their fuel supply. NATSO opposes this policy shift, and in comments it will file with the Agency will urge EPA to recognize that there is a global market for renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, and that the RFS should accommodate fuels regardless of where they are produced.

NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

August 2, 2017

NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

David Fialkov, NATSO's Vice President of Government Relations, testified Aug. 1 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing examining the Agency's proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2018

July 6, 2017

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2018

On July 6, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed renewable volume obligations for 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also includes a proposed 2019 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel (the 2018 biomass-based diesel number was finalized in late 2016). The proposal represents the Trump Administration’s first real public statement of policy with respect to the RFS, and was closely watched by NATSO and the rest of the fuels community.

Senators Urge White House to Maintain Current Compliance Structure Under the RFS

March 17, 2017

Senators Urge White House to Maintain Current Compliance Structure Under the RFS

A bipartisan group of 23 Senators asked the White House to keep the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) arguing that changing it would undermine the intent of the program and lead to chaos in the marketplace.

Pressure Mounts for EPA to Reject Petitions to Change Compliance Under RFS

March 6, 2017

Pressure Mounts for EPA to Reject Petitions to Change Compliance Under RFS

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces mounting pressure to reject petitions to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), media coverage exploded last week amid the closing of EPA’s comment period claims that the White House struck a back room deal with the Renewable Fuels Association.

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

March 3, 2017

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

NATSO and a coalition of trade groups representing fuel producers, retailers, and consumers urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to reject efforts to change the current compliance structure of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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.

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.

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