EPA sends biofuels rule to the White House

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020

EPA sent the 2021 biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House for review on Friday, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports. The action to advance next year’s requirements comes as oil refiners press the agency to revise the rule governing this year’s mandate.

EPA has not indicated whether it would reexamine this year’s rule, or whether to apply a January court ruling that voided three companies’ small refinery exemptions from the RFS mandates to all fuel makers nationally. “If they were going to open [the 2020 rule] up, God knows what would happen,” said Stephen Brown, a longtime lobbyist for refiners. “I think the danger comes from the political side of EPA more than the program side. A political solution is always in need of a workaround of the program because the underlying statute is flawed — rarely are the two easily reconciled.”

Related: The attorneys general of seven states sent a letter to Wheeler on Friday, supporting five oil-producing states that asked the Trump administration to issue a waiver from the RFS program for struggling refiners.