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.
Coming off a tough year for biofuels in 2019, a federal appeals court’s ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of small refinery exemptions is offering the industry a shot of optimism.
A disappointing turnout and the Iowa Democratic Party’s historic debacle in counting the results of the 2020 caucuses are fueling calls to scrap the state’s first-in-the-nation status, which for decades has guaranteed a prominent place for agriculture and biofuel policy in national politics.
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.