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Ethanol Coalition Sues EPA Over Secretive RFS Waivers

An ethanol coalition has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals to challenge several waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard given out in secret to several profitable refineries.

The Renewable Fuels Association, the Advanced Coalition for Ethanol, National Corn Growers, and the National Farmers Union are challenging three specific decisions that were made under clandestine conditions. The EPA gave exemptions to refineries in Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah. The companies that own the three refineries have estimated in financial disclosures that the exemptions saved them roughly $170 million in costs.

Brian Jennings, CEO of ACE, says the EPA left them no choice but to file suit. “They’re distorting the intent of the law by granting secret hardship waivers under the cover of night,” says Jennings. “We cannot sit by and allow the EPA to violate the RFS, which requires increasing the use of renewable fuels in the U.S.”