Commodity, Biofuel Groups Frustrated With EPA’s Ethanol Proposal

The Trump administration on Friday announced biofuel-blending targets.

Under the Environmental Protection Agency proposal, refiners and importers would be required to use 20.04 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2020, as much as 15 billion gallons could be fulfilled from conventional biofuels, with the remaining 5.04 billion gallons coming from advanced biofuels. The proposed biomass-based diesel quota remains identical to 2020.

Renewable fuel proponents were not pleased.

“We are frustrated the EPA did not account for potential waived gallons going forward in the proposed rule,” said National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp. “If the EPA continues to grant retroactive waivers, the RVO numbers are meaningless and the EPA is not following the law.”

The EPA has granted 53 RFS exemptions totaling 2.61 billion gallons since early 2018. There are 38 pending petitions.

“As long as EPA continues to dole out compliance exemptions to oil refiners without reallocating the lost volume, the agency may as well start referring to the annual RFS levels as ‘renewable volume suggestions’ rather than ‘renewable volume obligations,” said Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO. “It is a complete misnomer to call these blending volumes ‘obligations’ when EPA’s small refinery bailouts have essentially transformed the RFS into a voluntary program for nearly one-third of the nation’s oil refineries.”

Source: Farm Progress