EPA denies 54 gap year waivers

The ethanol industry is praising the EPA for denying dozens of gap year waiver petitions for small refinery exemptions.

The waivers had been filed for years 2011 through 2018, but as we previously reported, corn and ethanol groups have urged for their dismissal.

Brownfield Ag News reports that petitions for other exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard are still moving forward.

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig applauded the announcement saying, “This decisions critical to upholding the spirit of the RFS and growing demand for cleaner-burning biofuels.”

According to the Renewable Fuels Association the decision “marks a big step forward toward fulling restoring integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard... This should serve as the final nail in the coffin of these gap year petitions, and we are eager to put this dark and sordid chapter in the history of the RFS behind us once and for all.”

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