EPA under pressure to preserve RFS as pivotal high court ruling looms

Source: by Inside EPA • Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on EPA’s power to grant certain waivers from its renewable fuel standard (RFS), the program’s supporters are urging officials to refrain from cutting the program’s biofuel blending mandates or issuing waivers from its requirements, amid reports that officials may offer relief to refiners on their compliance mandates. The dynamic facing the agency appears little changed from the pressures faced by the Trump administration, which struggled to resolve pitched battles between the two sides. “We seem to be back in a period of heightened RFS policy conflict between pro-refining and pro-biofuels interests which can drive [RFS credit] price volatility,” ClearView Energy Partners, a research firm, said in a June 17 note to clients.