EPA recently issued a proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule. The proposal sets corn ethanol at 15 billion gallons, the highest level the law allows. It also increased volumes for cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and the overall advanced biofuels categories. However, the proposal did not account for rampant exemptions the agency has issued to small refineries, effectively cutting demand for ethanol by over 2 billion gallons and biodiesel by over 300 million gallons in 2016 and 2017. Let EPA know you support upholding the RFS by reallocating waived gallons by signing our petition below.
Dear Acting Administrator Wheeler
Thank you for maintaining the 15 billion-gallon corn ethanol level and for recognizing the potential of biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other advanced biofuels by raising the RFS volume requirements. Unfortunately, without addressing the issue of small-refinery exemptions, these positive steps forward are rendered meaningless.
EPA recently confirmed that it has cut demand for ethanol by over 2 billion gallons and biodiesel by over 300 million gallons in 2016 and 2017 through small-refinery exemptions and it appears no legitimate test was used to determine if the exemptions were truly warranted. I respectfully ask that EPA uphold the law and President Donald Trump’s commitment to the RFS by establishing clear procedures to ensure only refiners who can demonstrate a “disproportionate economic hardship” as the law demands are granted exemptions. Furthermore, gallons waived by legitimate exemptions should be reallocated to the remaining obligated parties to prevent biofuel demand destruction. Fifteen billion gallons should mean 15 billion gallons. Restore the integrity of the RFS and, by doing so, the trust of rural America in this agency and in this Administration.