The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new website adding more transparency on how the Renewable Fuel Standard is functioning, but biofuel groups say the gesture, while appreciated, doesn’t go far enough.
The Environmental Protection Agency could have a different tool in its toolbox as biofuel and energy interests continue to debate the role of small refiner exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard: keep offering the waivers, but on a partial basis.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says the Environmental Protection Agency is no longer considering a controversial provision that would have made exported ethanol and biodiesel eligible for the credits used to measure compliance with the federal blending mandate.
Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency charged with bringing some resolution to the ongoing renewable fuels policy debate, says the agency will not move piecemeal reform to the nation’s biofuel mandate.
The Environmental Protection Agency relied on a faulty analysis by the Department of Energy when it rejected a West Virginia refinery’s request for an exemption from renewable fuel blending requirements, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
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.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt visited a Kansas ethanol plant Tuesday, where he sought to defend himself against accusations of undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard from a group that made no secret about being “mad as hell” at him.