Ethanol coalition praises report Trump orders EPA to reject ‘gap year’ small refinery petitions
The Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union and American Coalition for Ethanol on Wednesday welcomed a Reuters report that President Donald Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reject dozens of so-called “gap year” small refinery exemption petitions from oil companies seeking relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The ethanol coalition said that the petitions are “intended to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court’s decision in RFA et al. v. EPA.”
“We are encouraged by reports that President Trump has called upon EPA to reject these absurd gap-year waiver petitions out of hand,” the groups said.
“If the reports are accurate, it is our hope that EPA swiftly acts upon the president’s directive and closes the door once and for all on the refiners’ brazen attempt to rewrite history.”
Meanwhile, the groups denounced CVR Refining and HollyFrontier Corporation’s request, filed late on Sept. 4, for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling.
“The decision in question overturned three improperly granted small refinery exemptions,” the groups said.
“At the same time, we are disappointed, but not surprised, by the refiners’ 11th-hour petition to the Supreme Court to review the Tenth Circuit decision. In April, these same refiners asked the Tenth Circuit to re-hear the case, and the court swiftly and unanimously denied that request, and the Supreme Court should do the same.“
“The decision does not warrant any further review or consideration. It is well-reasoned and based on a plain reading of the Clean Air Act, which clearly intended small refinery exemptions to be temporary and used only as a ‘bridge to compliance’ for certain eligible small refineries. Additionally, there are no conflicting decisions in other federal courts of appeal.
“It is also telling that EPA — the defendant in the original litigation — did not request a re-hearing in the Tenth Circuit, nor did it join the refiners’ Supreme Court appeal on any aspect of the decision. Now, more than ever, our nation’s farmers and ethanol producers are counting on the RFS to provide market stability and certainty during an incredibly difficult and tumultuous time.”
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