Topics: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

NATSO Member Testifies at EPA Hearing in Ypsilanti

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ANOTHER ‘EPA BAIT AND SWITCH’ ON THE RFS: NATSO

NATSO, representing America’s travel plazas and truckstops, today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to implement the RFS deal that President Trump negotiated less than two weeks ago. The following statement may be attributed to NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs, David Fialkov. More

Sens. Klobuchar, Duckworth Lead Letter Urging EPA to Cease Issuing Small Refinery Waivers

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a group of 12 senators in urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to stop granting small refineries hardship exemptions from their biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). More

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. More

NATSO Analysis: EPA Proposed RFS Reform Regulations Members Only Join or Login

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or the “Agency”) recently proposed new regulations (“Proposed Rule” or the “Proposal”) pertaining to implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS” or the “Program”). More

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. More

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. More

NATSO Files Comments on EPA CAFE Standards

NATSO on Oct. 26 filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency in response to the Agency's proposed changes to fuel economy requirements that were previously finalized by the Obama Administration. NATSO expressed support for the agency’s efforts to tie Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards to today’s market realities while also providing the agency several ideas for how it could improve a new standard to better achieve its regulatory objectives. More

NATSO Analysis: EPA's Proposed Biofuel Mandates a Mixed Bag for Travel Center Operators

The Environmental Protection Agency on June 26 released its proposed renewable volume obligations for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also includes a proposed 2020 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel. The proposal would increase advanced biofuels volume requirements for 2019 and biodiesel requirements for 2020 while holding the so-called "ethanol" volume requirement steady. More

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. More

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