RFS deadline push

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021

EPA proposed extending biofuel blending requirement deadlines as refiners wait for the agency’s new standards for 2021 and 2022. Questions also abound about the agency’s small refinery exemption policy, Pro’s Kelsey Tamborrino reports, and the delayed deadline would “help ensure that obligated parties are positioned to fully comply with their RFS obligations by ensuring that each year’s compliance deadline falls after the standards for the subsequent compliance year are known,” the agency said in its announcement.

The move shook feathers among biofuel backers and farm-state lawmakers, who said it was giving an extra pass to oil refiners. Sen. Joni Ernst accused the administration of giving a “gift to Big Oil” on Twitter, and Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, said in a statement the move was “a lucrative handout to the same refiners who played politics with the RFS under President Trump while pocketing millions in regulatory favors.”