Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):
The Environmental Protection Agency failed to meet important Renewable Fuel Standard deadlines in 2020. The agency missed the November 30 deadline to set the final 2021 RFS obligations and 2022 biomass-based diesel volumes; in fact, it never proposed a rule. EPA will now have to address 2021, 2022 and 2023 volumes in one year.
Additionally, the agency allowed multiple small refineries to disregard the 2019 compliance deadline, leaving a portion of the 2019 obligations for renewable fuel use unmet. The agency proposed to extend 2019 and 2020 compliance deadlines to provide flexibility to these small refineries. In addition, EPA continues to issue small refinery exemptions that threaten to undermine demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel. The agency recently granted a previously denied 2018 exemption and two 2019 exemptions, destroying demand for millions of gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel.
Please contact your Representative and Senators and update them on the situation through this form. As the 117th Congress begins, this is an opportunity to let lawmakers know how they can help biodiesel and renewable diesel producers.