CASPER, Wyo. — The Environmental Protection Agency has granted 31 small refinery exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard program requirements.
Wyoming’s United States Senator Mike Enzi is pleased with the decision, according to a Monday, Aug. 12 announcement from his office.
“’I am glad the EPA recognized that exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard are necessary for small refineries to compete,’ Enzi said. ‘The energy industry is essential to Wyoming’s economy and our nation’s energy independence. This decision to grant waivers for refineries that would otherwise see severe economic harm is good for workers in Wyoming and across the country.’”
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Small refineries can ask the EPA to grant exemptions from having to produce renewable fuel if they “can demonstrate that compliance…would cause the refinery to suffer disproportionate economic hardship,” the EPA says.
“EPA evaluates submissions to determine whether an exemption may be granted, based on information presented by the petitioning refinery and on the statutory and regulatory requirements for exemption,” EPA says.
Enzi and Wyoming’s U.S. Senator John Barrasso sent a letter to the Trump administration to urge the president “to prohibit the secretary of agriculture from influencing or interfering with the decision-making process over petitions for hardship relief from small refineries,” Enzi’s office stated.