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ABFA files lawsuit against EPA challenging RFS small refinery exemptions  

Thursday, May 3, 2018



Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has filed suit against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to challenge EPA’s process for granting exemptions from compliance under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to small refineries.

“We have seen reports that the number of small refinery exemptions recently granted for compliance years 2016 and 2017 have doubled compared to previous years,” said Michael McAdams, president of ABFA. “ABFA members are concerned that Administrator Pruitt is granting these exemptions in an arbitrary and capricious manner to undisclosed parties behind closed doors with no accountability for its decision-making process.”

“The news reports about these exemptions have had immediate and significant market impacts on the prices of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) for the biomass-based diesel (D4) and overall renewable fuel (D6) pools,” continued McAdams. “Dropping RIN prices disincentivize blending, causing economic harm to ABFA’s members and posing a threat to the integrity of the RFS program at large.”

ABFA filed the Petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit given its national implications for the RFS program and its members.


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