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No word yet from Trump administration on refinery biofuel waivers

March 25/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) --  US Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa have asked the Trump administration not to appeal a court ruling that would slash the use of small refinery biofuel waivers, but have not heard back yet on its decision, reported Reuters with reference to Grassley's statement.

"We havent been told one way or another officially," he told reporters on a conference call.

The US Renewable Fuel Standard requires oil refiners to blend billions of gallons of biofuels like ethanol into the nations fuel pool, a boon to US corn country.

But the Environmental Protection Agency that administers the program grants waivers to small refineries that can prove compliance would cause them financial strain.

The Trump administration has roughly quadrupled the number of waivers EPA has granted, infuriating the biofuel industry and its representatives who say they hurt demand.

A court in January ruled that the EPA had been overusing the waivers in a decision that could gut the program.

A group of Texas lawmakers has been urging the Trump administration to appeal the decision, arguing it could cost countless blue-collar jobs in the refining industry.

As MRC wrote before, the Trump administration has recently decided to drastically scale back the US Environmental Protection Agency's program exempting small oil refineries from the country's biofuel regulations after a court case cast doubt on the legitimacy of the program.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, USA.
Category:General News
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