Topics: Renewable Fuel Standard

Supreme Court Rules on RFS Waivers

The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on June 25 overturned a lower court ruling that had found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could only grant a small refinery exemption to companies that had received such an exemption every year since 2013.  The Supreme Court found that, according to the statute that created the RFS, EPA has a wider latitude to grant small refinery exemptions, including for refineries that had not received such an exemption for many years.  More

EPA to Announce Move on Small Refinery Waivers by March 9

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Trump Administration to Pare Small Refinery Waivers

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NATSO Board Approves Policy Priorities for 2020 at Denver Meeting

The NATSO Board of Directors approved its Priority Legislative and Regulatory Issues for 2020-2021 at its February Board Meeting held during the NATSO Connect 2020, in Denver, Colorado. NATSO’s core legislative priorities continue to focus on both transportation and fuel policy. More

NATSO Analysis: Federal Court Sides with Fuel Retailers, Informative for Current RFS Debates

On August 30, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in a lawsuit brought by the merchant refining community that sought to require EPA to change the so-called "point of obligation" under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The court's opinion in the case, which was first filed more than two-and-a-half years ago, is noteworthy for its implications on current policy debates over the future of the RFS. More

EPA Grants 31 2018 Small Refinery Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Aug. 9 said it granted 31 small refinery waivers in 2018 that exempt refiners from their obligations to acquire Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  More

Biofuels Groups Ask Court to Restart RFS Waiver Case

Biofuel producers and corn growers on July 31 asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to lift a stay on a petition filed in 2018 challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for issuing small refinery waivers that exempt refiners from their obligations to acquire Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. More

EPA Proposes Renewable Volume Obligations for 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 5 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA also proposed RVOs for biomass-based diesel (BBD) for 2021. In the rule, EPA said it would use its waiver authority to lower the volumes of cellulosic biofuels, advanced biofuels, and total renewable fuels below the statutory targets. 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 Sends Draft Proposal For RFS Volumes to White House for Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a draft proposal to set 2020 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. This marks the final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. More

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