Ethanol groups asked court to intervene in EPA FOIA request |

Ethanol groups asked court to intervene in EPA FOIA request

Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and EPA’s escalation in granting SREs in recent years.

Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, and Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a news release, “For the last several years, biofuels interests have pleaded with EPA to lift the veil of secrecy that it has held over the issuance of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. These clandestine agency actions have destabilized markets and allowed numerous refineries to avoid their RFS compliance obligations at the expense of renewable fuel producers and supporters, including America’s farmers.

“Fundamentally, this request is about fairness and transparency in government. If an agency decides to relieve a refinery from the obligations Congress imposed under the Clean Air Act or any federal law, it should be done in the public view.”