Farm, biofuel groups press EPA on exemptions

Source: By Agri-Pulse • Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Biofuel advocates are asking EPA today to provide more information on requests for retroactive exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Citing an appeals court ruling, the Renewable Fuels Association and several other organizations argue in a letter that EPA can’t extend exemptions to any small refineries whose earlier, temporary exemptions had lapsed.

“Backfilling SREs to circumvent a court decision would exacerbate market uncertainty at a time when rural communities already face unprecedented economic challenges,” reads the letter, obtained by Agri-Pulse,

Other organizations that signed the letter include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association, and National Biodiesel Board to name a few.

Meanwhile: A bipartisan group of over 40 House members is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to not reduce volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard in an upcoming annual proposal.

“We need to make sure that our rural economies are in the best possible position to recover from this crisis and any move to weaken the RFS would only put us further behind,” says the lettersigned by 22 Democrats and an equal number of Republicans.

The lawmakers represent districts in Iowa, Kansas Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Kentucky, Indiana, California, Arkansas, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.