Frustration continues to build from ethanol supporters as the Environmental Protection Agency continues to grant small refinery waivers. The agency recently released 31 small refinery exemption waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper says the exemptions are completely unwarranted. “We were fully expecting the EPA and the administration to deny most if not all of the waiver petitions, because there’s simply no case to be made that refiners are experiencing economic harm because of the RFS. We were very disappointed.” Cooper says the message isn’t getting through to the Trump administration regarding the damage this is causing on the ethanol industry. “We have sued the EPA in three separate cases on these small refinery exemptions. In one of our lawsuits, oral arguments are coming up in September. That case in the Tenth Circuit Court will be the first one to start moving.”
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