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NEWS UPDATE January 13, 2021

Top Story

Rebooting Tom Vilsack

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted January 12, 2021

At a time when our country is suffering from a lapse of reason, Vilsack brings an understanding that USDA can provide stability as families need food aid and rural America needs a strong economy. President-elect Joe Biden is looking to demonstrate practical results as the country climbs out of the hole in the social fabric partially caused by the pandemic. Vilsack will have to walk into the office ready to implement much of the aid package approved by Congress just before Christmas — about $13 billion overall. The department will also need to assess the next possible round of aid and economic stimulus for both rural America and food-aid recipients. [ read more … ]

RFS and SREs

RFA Threatens Legal Action if Trump EPA Grants Small-Refinery Exemptions for 2019

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 13, 2021

The Renewable Fuels Association will file a legal challenge to any new small-refinery exemptions the EPA issues going forward, the group announced in a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday. Earlier this week a news report indicated the Trump administration may grant at least some exemptions in response to 32 pending requests for 2019. [ read more … ]

EPA Readies Biofuel Waivers And Delays for Trump’s Final Days

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 13, 2021

The Trump administration is considering exempting some oil refineries from 2019 mandates to use renewable fuel as it readies possible last-minute moves on U.S. biofuel policy. Environmental Protection Agency officials also are considering formally extending deadlines for oil refineries to prove they have complied with renewable fuel quotas for 2019 and 2020, as legal uncertainty surrounds the biofuel program. The policy announcements being contemplated by the administration were described by multiple people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named before a formal announcement. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Industry, Lawmakers Push for RFS Improvements in Biden Administration

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 12, 2021

With a recent report the EPA is set to approve at least some of the 32 pending 2019 requests for small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard, a new analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association positions the ethanol industry as part of the solution to cutting carbon emissions on day one of the incoming Biden administration. Simply put, the RFA said emissions could be cut by about 10.7 million metric tons by EPA rejecting 66 pending SRE requests across multiple years, and by another 1.2 million metric tons by the agency implementing a 2017 court order to restore 500 million gallons to the RFS. [ read more … ]

Here’s How President-elect Biden Can Slash Carbon Emissions by 12 Million Metric Tons on Day One in Office

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted January 12, 2021

On “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from oil refiners who are looking to dodge their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations. In addition, another 1.2 million metric tons of GHG reductions can be achieved by finally implementing a 2017 court order to restore renewable fuel blending requirements that were illegally waived by EPA in 2016. These findings come from a new analysis released today by the Renewable Fuels Association. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court SRE Review

Supreme Court to review Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 12, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Jan. 8 it will review a Jan. 24, 2020 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that, if implemented nationally, would reduce the number of obligated parties that are eligible to apply for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling stemmed from a May 2018 challenge brought against the U.S. EPA by the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Farmers Union. [ read more … ]

Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action

By Ken Colombini, RFS  •    •  Posted January 12, 2021

“Our groups believe the Tenth Circuit got it right the first time, and we will continue to defend the court’s ruling and stand up for the renewable fuel producers and farmers who have been harmed by the granting of these waivers. We strongly believe the 10th Circuit Court’s ruling is consistent with the Clean Air Act and Congressional intent, and we are confident that the Supreme Court will ultimately affirm the Tenth Circuit’s decision.” [ read more … ]

RINs weaken after US Supreme Court decides to consider 10th Circuit SRE decision

By Josh Pedrick, S&P Global  •    •  Posted January 12, 2021

Prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) tumbled Jan. 11 following the US Supreme Court’s decision to take up an appeal of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 decision that would limit the number of small refinery exemptions the Environmental Protection Agency could grant. “I know I wouldn’t be buying 80 cents/RIN plus with SCOTUS hearing the SRE cases,” said one source. “If SCOTUS leans in the refineries’ favor, these people bought all these sky-high prices.” [ read more … ]

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