EPA Administrator Testifies on RFS Waivers

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 26 that the agency received more than 50 waiver petitions for small refineries to get out of their Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years.

EPA has come under fire for abusing the waivers to quietly undercut the RFS after the agency in early April exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies from complying with the U.S. biofuels regulation.

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Responding to questions from Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), Pruitt said that EPA had received 24 applications for the exemptions for the 2016 compliance year and more than 30 applications for the 2017 compliance year.  

EPA, which is allowed to grant waivers for refineries producing less than 75,000 barrels per day that can demonstrate economic hardship, recently exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor, from complying with the U.S. biofuels regulation. Andeavor posted net profits of $1.5 billion last year, and the exemption released the company of its obligation to provide EPA with the biofuels credits that show it has complied with the RFS.

NATSO, along with the American Petroleum Institute, oppose use of the exemptions because it undercuts investments fuel marketers have made in renewable fuel infrastructure. 



via Business Feeds

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