RFA accuses EPA of kicking the can on 10th Circuit Court ruling


RFA accuses EPA of kicking the can on 10th Circuit Court ruling

The CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association accuses the EPA of kicking the can on implementing the 10th Circuit Court ruling that found the agency abused its small refinery exemption authority.

Geoff Cooper says he interpreted EPA’s decision not to appeal as a signal they planned to abide by the court and would take steps to apply the ruling nationwide.

“But then on Friday, EPA put out a release saying that they are taking various actions to combat the effects of COVID-19 and protect the gasoline supply.”

Among those actions, he tells Brownfield EPA plans to delay implementation of the 10th Circuit Court decision until the refiners’ appeals process plays out.

“And who knows how long that could take. So that was very frustrating news to see that EPA is hiding behind the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse not to implement this court decision.”

Cooper says the move has nothing to do with the coronavirus outbreak and everything to do with politics.

RFA is looking at what options it could pursue to force EPA into following the court decision.

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