Biofuels groups want EPA to spill on refinery waiver info

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy, both ethanol producer trade associations, pressed the D.C. District Court on Tuesday to require EPA and DOE to reveal the names and locations of refineries that have received waivers from Renewable Fuel Standard requirements. In their filing in a suit under the Freedom of Information Act , part of a long-running battle over the Trump EPA’s expanded use of the waivers, the groups said EPA’s argument that the names and locations of the refineries was commercially sensitive information was invalid. “EPA is in effect arguing that whether a private entity is subject to a regulatory requirement is itself confidential information provided by the private entity,” the court filing said. “That is absurd.” EPA has 32 requests for waivers from the 2019 and 2020 RFS requirements and appears unlikely to rule on any of them before Biden takes office.