Erin Voegele

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July 03, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

Several U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

US EPA opens Section 610 review of Renewable Fuel Standard

The U.S. EPA published a notice June 24 announcing it has opened a review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies to review rules that have significant impacts on small entities. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

US EPA updates SRE data, 38 applications now pending for 2018

Another small refinery exemption application for the RFS’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated data posted to the U.S. EPA website June 24. Of the 40 filed, 38 are pending and two have been withdrawn. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Bill aims to increase transparency, predictability of SRE process

Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

United Airlines makes history June 5 with ‘Flight for the Planet’

United Airlines’ Flight for the Planet June 5 is the most ecofriendly commercial flight of its kind in aviation history. The flight was fueled with biofuel and featured zero carbon waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

EPA finalizes E15 rule, steps back approach to RIN market reform

The U.S. EPA released its final E15/RIN market reform rule May 31. The rule extends the 1-pound-per-square-inch RVP waiver to E15. It also includes some reforms to the RIN compliance system, although those changes are less severe than proposed. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

US EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to White House OMB for review

The U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs

A U.S. appeals court denied a motion filed by the Advanced Biofuels Association last month seeking an injunction to prevent EPA from granting additional small refinery exemptions under RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed 2020-’21 RVOs, ‘other RFS changes’ to OMB

The U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and other changes to the program. READ MORE