Refiner warns of shutdown risk without RFS waiver

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021

A small refiner seeking exemptions from EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending program is ramping up pressure on the agency to approve its waiver applications, warning in an amended legal complaint of “crippling” costs as dozens of waivers remain undecided and EPA has yet to propose long-overdue blending volumes. In its Nov. 10 filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Calumet Shreveport Refining asks the court to “enjoin enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard program with respect to Calumet’s Shreveport, Louisiana refinery, and . . . to toll any penalties for noncompliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard program.” Like other small refiners, Calumet does not blend its own biofuels, relying instead on buying RFS credits, known as renewable identification numbers (RINs), in order to comply. The company also operates a refinery in Montana.