Refiners criticize ‘dystopian’ EPA plan for extended RFS compliance

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

EPA’s revised timeline for complying with renewable fuel standard biofuel blending mandates is “dystopian,” according to refiners who are suing to scrap a compliance extension that they say led to an unmanageable pile-up of multiple deadlines as the agency seeks to compensate for its own implementation delays.

In their final reply brief filed Nov. 22 in Wynnewood Refining Company, LLC, et al. v. EPA, now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, refiners say EPA’s February compliance extension in fact merely compresses the schedule for them to supply compliance credits, known as renewable identification numbers (RINs). The timeline is unreasonable and unlawful, refiners argue.