Friday, April 17, 2020

Oil state governors ask EPA to waive 2020 RFS


Oil state governors ask EPA to waive 2020 RFS

Leaders of 5 states with a robust oil refinery presence
are asking the EPA to waive the Renewable Gas Commonplace for this 12 months.

Renewable Fuels Affiliation CEO Geoff Cooper says the
governors of Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, and Louisiana purpose the impacts
of COVID-19 have resulted in suppressed demand for refined merchandise like gasoline.

He tells Brownfield there's a waiver program that permits states to petition EPA if the RFS is inflicting direct hurt.

“So proper out of the gate they’ve come nowhere near satisfying that type of threshold query of ‘Is the RFS itself inflicting this hurt?’ They are saying very clearly proper there within the letter what's inflicting the financial hurt, and it’s the coronavirus.”

Cooper says that’s the identical problem the complete financial system is coping with, and RFA is encouraging the EPA to reject the request.

“It’s ridiculous, and actually it’s only a veiled try by the refiners to realize a aim they’ve had perpetually, which is to undermine the success of the RFS and defend their choke maintain on the gasoline market.”

Cooper says the oil state governors may nonetheless be working towards social distancing, however they shouldn't be distancing themselves from the info as properly.

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