Tucked in EPA’s news release about summer-grade gas

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020

 The agency is buying itself some time, saying it’s not taking action on the 10th Circuit’s ruling restricting small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard until all appeals have been resolved.

The EPA also said it doesn’t intend to “unilaterally revisit or rescind” previously granted waivers, which exempt small refiners from RFS obligations to blend a certain amount of biofuels into the fuel supply. And citing the coronavirus pandemic, the agency said “investigating and initiating enforcement actions against small refineries that were previously subject to an exemption is a low priority.”

It’s a blow to ethanol producers: They’d just celebrated Trump’s decision not to appeal the 10th Circuit ruling, which restricts the EPA’s ability to grant new small refiner exemptions. Geoff Cooper, head of the Renewable Fuels Association, accused the EPA of slow-walking implementing the court decision in a move that “has nothing to do with COVID-19 and everything to do with politics.”