EPA Scraps Detailed Plan To Force US Refiners To Blend More Biofuels



EPA Scraps Detailed Plan To Force US Refiners To Blend More Biofuels
The US EPA ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019.

A day later, some legal justification was added to the proposed rule, stating "this approach is consistent with the text of our regulations, which accounts for the amount of gasoline and amount of diesel projected to be produced by exempt small refineries in 2019.”

Refiners learned of the changes and made a full-court press to the agency and White House to reverse it.

Refinery-state senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, both Republicans, had calls with Pruitt a day after reports of the changes circulated, according to Pruitt's public schedule.

On June 22, the EPA struck the changes in a new email to the OMB office, the documents showed.

The final proposed rule was published on June 26.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw Editing by Tom Brown)


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