Environmental Protection Agency Rejects Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 22 rejected proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ending a major push by a small segment of the U.S. refining industry to encourage policymakers to shift the compliance responsibility from refiners and importers to fuel marketers.

NATSO, along with the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) applauded EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for rejecting proposals to change the compliance structure, thereby keeping an important incentive for bringing more renewable fuels into the motor fuel supply chain and ultimately keeping fuel prices lower at the pump. 

“We are gratified that Administrator Pruitt and his team at EPA sided with American consumers and rejected efforts to move the RFS compliance responsibility away from refiners,” said NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs, David Fialkov. “By reaffirming the current compliance structure under the RFS, EPA has taken a critical step in ensuring that fuel marketers continue to have a strong incentive to blend renewable fuels into the fuel supply and that consumers will pay the lowest possible price at the pump.”

[NATSO, NACS and SIGMA Commend Environmental Protection Agency for Rejecting Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS]

"EPA’s decision comes after a small segment of the U.S. refining industry spent more than a year encouraging policymakers to shift the compliance responsibility under the RFS from refiners and importers to fuel marketers.

A diverse group of more than 35 organizations and companies led by NATSO and representing a majority of the fuel sector, including downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and consumers at the federal and state levels, strongly opposed the shift.

NATSO, NACS and SIGMA consistently noted in comments to the agency that they support the introduction of renewable fuel substitutes into the marketplace but shifting the compliance responsibility from businesses that make motor fuels (refiners and importers) to the businesses that buy fuel would reduce competition and lead to lower renewable fuel use and higher retail prices.

Keeping refiners and importers as obligated parties under the RFS ensures that renewable fuels are integrated into the nation's fuel supply. The current compliance structure is successfully achieving the agency’s objectives of displacing petroleum-based fuel with renewable substitutes, bolstering supply options for consumers and helping to stabilize prices. Changing the point of obligation would have discouraged fuel marketers from integrating renewable fuels into the fuel supply while simultaneously raising prices at the pump.

 



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