Refiners Sue EPA Over Mandate to Use Non-Existent Biofuels

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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) filed a lawsuit last week challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to require refiners to blend cellulosic ethanol or pay the agency for waiver credits due to the inability to blend these non-existent fuels under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). 

The lawsuit comes after EPA's recent decision to deny a petition filed by AFPM, WSPA and API for a waiver of the 2011 cellulosic fuel requirements under the RFS. The petition was filed after EPA’s own data showed that no cellulosic fuel was commercially available. AFPM says EPA’s mandate to use fuels that don't exist or pay penalties amounts to a hidden fuel tax on consumers."

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