More than a dozen Republican senators are demanding that President Donald Trump bar Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue from having any input into whether small refineries get exemptions from biofuel usage mandates.
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.
A new lawsuit filed Monday by the National Wildlife Federation says the Environmental Protection Agency failed to consult with federal wildlife officials before expanding biofuel production under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The boost in required renewable fuel blending looks good on its face, but biofuel groups worry the numbers set in today’s Renewable Volume Obligations could simply be numbers on a page without a reallocation plan for gallons waived through exemptions for small refiners.
The Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to increase their usage of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels in 2019 under a final rule set for release on Friday, sources tell Agri-Pulse.
President Donald Trump rolled out the administration’s plans to allow summer E15 sales on Tuesday. But now, the Environmental Protection Agency has to actually implement the regulation to make that happen, which could prove to be a vexing legal dilemma.