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EPA, Pruitt Challenged on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
RFA,National Corn Growers Association
Date: 2018-06-01
Last Wednesday in Denver, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Farmers Union, brought suit in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals against the US EPA challenging several supposed "hardship waivers" the agency "secretly" issued to profitable refining companies.

in their action, the plaintiffs claim the federal agency, led by the increasingly controversial Trump appointee Scot Pruitt, awarded the waivers to two refineries owned by HollyFrontier Corp. and the Wynnewood Refining Co., a subsidiary of Carl Icahn's CVR Refining, without publishing the actions in the Federal Register and that the refineries were profitable and did not qualify for the waivers.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, NewsOK, 31 May, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver,  National Corn Growers Association,  RFA,  EPA Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  


Pruitt Looks to Limit RFS RINs Speculation (Reg & Leg)
Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-03-14
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering limiting what he sees as speculative trade of ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in an effort to keep prices down. .

"There's some things on the trading platform I think should happen no matter what. There seems to be a hoarding of RINs which inflates the price of RINs. Some have talked about limiting the participants who buy and sell, so you can get away from some of the speculation that's taking place," Pruitt told the Houston Chronicle.

Reforming the RINs program has been a top request of refiners and their allies in recent months, particularly after a major Philadelphia refiner declared bankruptcy in January, blaming RIN costs.

Pruitt also told the Houston Chronicle he supports letting fuel stations sell higher ethanol blends in the summer than they are currently allowed to, but only if such a change can withstand legal challenges. (Source: US EPA, Houston Chronicle, The Hill, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  RINs,  RFS,  Scott Pruitt,  


EPA Under the Gun on Obama Climate Rule Changes (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2018-01-08
It is being widely reported that the Trump administration EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is under the gun to repeal and replace the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan before the year end.

Obama's rule aimed to cut carbon levels 32 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Under Trump, the EPA is expected to do little more than consider coal plant efficiency upgrades which would do little to curb emissions.

(Source: Politico, Twitter, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  ,  Obama Clean Power Plan,  Carbon Emissions,  


EPA Stymies RFS Point of Obligation Blending Change (Reg. & Leg.)
EPA, Valero
Date: 2017-11-27
Bloomberg is reporting that the Trump administration EPA has nixed a bid by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) biofuel mandate on the grounds that it wouldn't "result in net overall benefits to the program." The Environmental Protection Agency denied petitions by Valero Energy Corp. and other refiners to alter the U.S. biofuel mandate because it does not believe the changes "would result in net overall benefits to the program," according to the agency's website.

The proposed changes were widely opposed by farm-state legislators and ethanol producers. The EPA's formal declaration satisfies EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledge to retain the current structure of the RFS requiring refiners and importers to blend biofuels into petroleum transportation fuels.

Refiners are reportedly affected unevenly by the current mandate -- those without sufficient infrastructure to blend in biofuels themselves must instead buy credits to comply while other companies that blend transportation fuels, but do not own refineries and therefore are not required to satisfy annual biofuel quotas, can sell those tradable credits. (Source: EPA, Industry Week, Bloomberg, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Valero Energy, (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; EPA Scott Pruitt, www.facebook.com/EPAScottPruitt; www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-administrator

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Scott Pruitt,  Valero,  Point of Obligation,  

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