EPA Proposes Biofuel Quota Plan to Offset Refinery Waivers

The Trump administration took steps Oct. 15 to implement a hard-fought deal meant to ensure biofuel quotas are not undermined when oil refineries are exempted from requirements compelling them to use ethanol and biodiesel.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes in the way it sets annual percentages spelling out how much renewable fuel refiners must blend into gasoline and diesel. The agency is seeking public comment on a plan to project the amount of exemptions based on the most recent three years’ practice — and then use that to adjust its calculations.

The proposal seeks to balance the goal of the Renewable Fuel Standard statute in “maximizing the use of renewables while following the law and sound process to provide relief to small refineries that demonstrate the need,” the agency said in a news release.