WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under mounting pressure from rural lawmakers and industry champions led by Growth Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today confirmed its consideration of 52 new so-called ‘gap-filing’ exemptions from the nation’s biofuel laws. According to the agency’s newly updated dashboard, oil companies have requested retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) covering periods as far back as 2011. The “gap-filings” are designed to reconstitute a continuous string of exemptions in an effort to circumvent court limits on new oil industry handouts at the expense of farmers and biofuel producers.

“This absurd maneuver is a blatant attempt to dodge the law at the expense of rural communities,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “EPA’s dashboard confirms that the refiners hope to rewrite years of history, just to bypass the 10th Circuit Court and push more biofuels out of the marketplace. It’s an insult to American farmers, biofuel workers, and to rural families struggling to rebuild in the wake of COVID-19 after years of regulatory abuse.

“EPA should reject this attempt to game the system. The last thing farm states need is another long legal battle fueling uncertainty in the agricultural supply chain. We agree wholeheartedly with Senator Grassley, who called on regulators to ‘publicly dismiss these ridiculous petitions as soon as possible.’”

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“We are pleased to see this first step toward removing onerous labeling and underground tank requirements and expanding access to E15 for American drivers,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. More on the latest from @EPA in @Reutersreuters.com/article/idUSL1…

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Important work still remains to defeat the offensive attempt by refiners to avoid biofuel blending obligations, and we’re confident the incoming Biden team will uphold campaign commitments to restoring integrity to the RFS. growthenergy.org/2021/01/15/gro…

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On E15, the best outcome is removing the E15 label entirely, and we look forward to working with the Biden Administration to address any remaining retail and infrastructure barriers to cleaner, more affordable fuel options. twitter.com/GrowthEnergy/s… https://t.co/6FkUMtrexe

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NEW → The EPA just announced it is: 1. Opening rulemaking regarding E15 fuel dispenser labeling + compatibility with underground storage tanks 2. Requesting comment on petitions for a waiver of 2019 + 2020 RFS growthenergy.org/2021/01/15/gro…

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