Supreme Court to hear biofuel blending appeal

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Supreme Court to hear biofuel blending appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a ruling limiting the ability of small oil refineries to get biofuel blending exemptions.

The 10th Circuit Court decided a year ago in favor of the Renewable Fuels Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union and the National Corn Growers Association that refinery exemptions needed to be continuous with no gap years.  Oil refiners appealed the case.

The ethanol groups issued a statement saying the 10th Circuit got it right the first time, and they will continue to defend the court’s ruling, standing up for renewable fuel producers and farmers harmed by waivers.  They say the 10th Circuit court ruling is consistent with the Clean Air Act and the intent of Congress.

The Fueling American Jobs Coalition says the Supreme Court’s decision to take the case comes at an urgent time, with independent refiners already battered by low fuel demand and existing exemptions have kept around 770-million gallons of ethanol out of the fuel market.

It is unclear when the Supreme Court will hear the arguments for the appeal.