EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says there are a handful of unanswered questions in the effort by small refineries looking to secure relief from past blending requirements of the nation’s biofuel mandate.
A letter issued last week by a bipartisan group of senators urging the Environmental Protection Agency to not grant petitions for Small Refinery Exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard is being followed by another from the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition.
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.