Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act Introduced
USAgNet - 05/28/2019
Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and the co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 which establishes an annual June 1 deadline for refineries to submit
small refinery exemption petitions from their RFS blending obligations each year and increases transparency in the process.
"It is clear to me that EPA is abusing its authority by recklessly handing out small refinery waivers and refusing to account for them," said Peterson. "This is hurting farmers and agriculture communities at the worst time. This bill ends the gamesmanship in the
waiver process and increases transparency along the way."
The lawmakers say the EPA has let oil refiners off the hook by circumventing congressional intent, putting ethanol producers at a disadvantage.
The Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act makes sure that moving forward, EPA's waiver process will be fair, timely, and transparent.
Since 2018, EPA granted 54 waivers to refineries for the 2016 and 2017 RFS compliance years totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons being taken out of the market place.