Biofuels organizations have filed a petition in the U.S. courtroom in Washington against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), challenging the company’s process for granting refineries exemptions to the country’s biofuel blending mandates, the groups mentioned Wednesday.
The petition, filed by groups such as the Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, and Growth Power, challenges the EPA’s process for granting waivers to 31 oil refineries for last year. The biofuels sector has criticized the Trump management for increasing the number of waivers granted in recent times, claiming the exemptions undercut demand for fuels reminiscent of corn-based ethanol.
“We’re going to hold the EPA responsible under the regulation for the damage it has caused to rural communities, biofuel producers, and farm households,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor.
Since August, when the EPA declared waivers for last year, the Trump management has tried to mend fences with the biofuels trade and corn lobby. Last week, the EPA proposed a plan to advance biofuels demand that would base biofuel quantities required for mixing on exemptions recommended by the U.S. Energy Division. The project was fulfilled by further consternation from market leaders.
“EPA proceeds to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard plan in line with the Clean Air Act, taking into consideration further direction from Congress, suggestions from Division of Energy, and relevant courtroom decisions,” EPA spokesperson Michael Abboud stated.