Oil sector splits on EPA proposal to deny small refinery RFS waivers

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, February 14, 2022

Oil sector groups are divided over EPA’s proposal to deny all remaining requests from small refiners for compliance waivers from the renewable fuel standard (RFS), with smaller refiners arguing the plan is illogical and unlawful, while bigger firms say large-scale exemptions are unwarranted. The divisions mark a rare alignment among bio- and some fossil-fuel groups when it comes to the RFS and likely bolsters the agency’s planned denial of dozens of small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the program’s biofuel blending requirements. … In its comments, RFA says it “fully supports EPA’s proposal to deny all pending SRE petitions on the basis that compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program does not cause disproportionate economic hardship to small refineries. RFA also encourages EPA to deny the compliance year 2018 SREs, which were inappropriately issued in 2019 and recently remanded to EPA by the D.C. Circuit,” the group says in its comments.