A deadline to appeal a ruling striking down waivers from the biofuel mandate came and went, and biofuel groups are cheering the fact that the Trump administration has not asked for a rehearing of the case.
The biofuel industry is eagerly anticipating a decision from the Trump administration on future small refinery exemptions this week, while Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue heads to Capitol Hill for a grilling on the Market Facilitation Program, food stamps and other issues.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler expects to announce within days what the Trump administration will do about a recent appeals court decision striking down three small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Biofuel groups are praising a ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after it struck down three small refinery exemptions, finding that the waivers were improperly granted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A federal appeals court heard arguments about the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of biofuel mandate waivers for small refineries, but some question if there will be a case of judicial pingpong with no court finding itself the right panel for a challenge.
The Senate is looking to finish work on a package of spending bills funding USDA and other agencies important to agriculture, but it increasingly appears that Congress won’t reach a final agreement on fiscal 2020 until after the first of the year.
Biofuel groups say a Trump administration plan to account for gallons of renewable fuel waived through small refinery exemptions is unsatisfactory and goes back on commitments offered earlier this month.