The Environmental Protection Agency has approved five additional 2017 Small Refinery Exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Two more petitions have been received for 2018 exemptions. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper told reporters this is an important indicator of future decisions on small refinery exemptions under Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There are a lot of eyes on the EPA,” said Cooper. “We’re hopeful Mr. Wheeler doesn’t repeat the mistakes of his predecessor and waive through small refiners looking for a bailout.” RFA wants the EPA to adopt a more judicious decision-making process on refiner exemptions.
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