WASHINGTON – The
Environmental Protection Agency today announced
its support for a recent appeals court decision supporting biofuels producers.
The move is a departure from the EPA’s previous position, and follows Sen.
Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) long-running campaign to restore integrity in the
implementation of the law setting minimum benchmarks for the use of biofuels.
been a long time coming, but I’m glad the EPA has finally come around to
acknowledging that waivers it had been granting to Big Oil conflicted with the
laws passed by Congress, as well as its own mission to promote a cleaner
environment. Congress clearly designed hardship waivers to be used in limited,
need-specific cases when it passed the Renewable Fuels Standard, and we made no
bones about reaffirming this intent in the years since. The EPA has now reached
the same conclusion, and I’m confident that the Supreme Court will as well,” Grassley said.
has long called on the EPA to follow the letter of the law when granting
waivers to refineries that don’t blend the minimum required volume of biofuels
into vehicle fuel. Earlier this month, Grassley led a bipartisan group of colleagues
on the EPA
to review whether recent waivers complied court ruling in the
Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling in Renewable Fuels
Association et al. v. EPA
found that the EPA’s broad use of waivers didn’t
comport with the limitations set forth in the Renewable Fuels Standard
passed by Congress. The Supreme Court is
set to review that ruling later this year.