Biofuel groups say EPA took a positive step forward in addressing small refinery exemptions with this past week’s announcement, but there’s disappointment in the reduction of blending requirements. “First of all, 2020 blending requirements were already adjusted, because of the way the law is written. The EPA went in and further reduced that,” says Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol. “That essentially says what we’ve already lost and what’s part of the law isn’t enough and we need to take another hit. The EPA also changed the 2021 number, starting it lower than what we’re projected to sell this year.” Lamberty expects a 90-day public comment period to follow. “Now, the devil’s in the details. We have an opportunity to try and change those details.”
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