The Environmental Protection Agency is lifting restrictions on summer sales of E15, checking off a top policy priority for corn growers and the biofuel industry but kicking off a new chapter as the battle likely heads to the courts.
Biofuel advocates blasted the Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal to set targets for production of renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard because the agency did not try to reallocate renewable gallons left unblended when refineries were granted waivers from RFS requirements.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Volume Obligation proposal, released Tuesday, includes a 2019 target for advanced biofuels that is nearly 600 million gallons higher than 2018, but does not attempt to reallocate gallons left unblended because of waivers given to refiners.
A bipartisan group of 18 senators wants to know how the Trump administration will approach a regulatory fix to allow summer sales of E15 as news of waivers granted to small refineries continues to frustrate renewable fuel organizations.
The Environmental Protection Agency has formally decided against a technical change to the governance of the Renewable Fuel Standard, following through on a pledge its leader made to lawmakers in October.