RFA: Refinery exemption ruling a ‘mixed bag’ for ethanol industry

RFA: Refinery exemption ruling a ‘mixed bag’ for ethanol industry

The head of the Renewable Fuels Association says Friday’s DC Circuit Court ruling on small refinery exemptions (SRE) isn’t likely to harm the ethanol industry.

President and CEO Geoff Cooper tells Brownfield the appeals court rejected arguments from both biofuels groups and oil refiners. “Well, it’s really a mixed bag for us in the ethanol industry and we think this ruling is unlikely to have an impact on how the EPA implements the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).”

Growth Energy v EPA challenged the agency’s failure to account for its retroactive SRE exemptions that biofuels groups say undercut the annual volumes by 7 percent in 2019.

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