Biofuels push EPA with the courts

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

 The ethanol industry group Growth Energy is teeing up a lawsuit against EPA over the slow rollout of its long-awaited biofuel blending proposals, even before the official deadline for EPA to act. “We’re simply trying to force some action out of the agency,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor told reporters Tuesday.

EPA is due to unveil its blending proposals by the end of the month, but the agency hasn’t even issued a proposed rulemaking to establish those volumes. Agriculture groups, farm-state lawmakers and biofuel producers all have pushed against any cuts to blending requirements, saying it would be detrimental to both the administration’s climate goals as well as their industries, but have braced themselves after a leaked document appeared to show EPA was planning to do so for 2020 and 2021.