Pennsylvanis RFS demands

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Pennsylvania lawmakers are calling on EPA to ease up on biofuel blending requirements to help Northeastern refiners who say they are financially struggling to keep up. The state’s House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday demanding EPA revise the Renewable Fuel Standard to provide relief for refiners and stabilize the RIN market. The resolution advanced out of the House on a bipartisan vote 192-8 following a companion resolution in the state’s Senate, which passed on a bipartisan vote 47-3 in June.

“As the dysfunctional federal biofuel mandate continues to threaten the viability of independent refineries throughout the tri-state region, thousands of union jobs are on the line and time is running out for commonsense reform,” the pro-refinery Fueling American Jobs Coalition said in a statement today. “President Biden has a clear win-win opportunity to save thousands of refinery jobs back home and lower gas prices at the pump by making commonsense fixes to the broken federal biofuel mandate.”

EPA was considering cutting blending targets for 2020 and 2021, Pro’s Kelsey Tamborrino reported in September, which would deal a major blow to the agriculture and biofuel industries. Biofuel backers have pushed the administration to support their industry as part of the transition toward cleaner energy.