RFS on the docket

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2022

EPA is staring down a deadline today to decide what to do with 36 petitions for small refinery exemptions to biofuel blending requirements under the 2018 compliance year for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Trump administration had granted 31 of the petitions and denied five, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a request from EPA in December to review the exemptions, giving EPA until today to issue new determinations.

The agency is also looking ahead toward volumes for 2023 and beyond since the RFS program is in its final year of congressionally mandated biofuel blending volumes. During a Wednesday Senate EPW hearing justifying EPA’s budget request, EPA Administrator Michael Regan called the upcoming rule an “opportunity to stop ping-ponging back and forth, learn from the past lessons of what the courts have dictated and move forward in a very sound way to meet Congress’ intent of getting the biofuel levels introduced into this market that I think we all want to achieve.”

Regan also said the agency is “evaluating what options” it has on bringing down fuel prices amid the Ukraine crisis, and declined to rule out lifting the summer-time ban on E15 fuel.