EPA Rejects Quota Reductions in Win for Ethanol Producers
Agency denied Big Oil requests for 2011-18 that allowed lower biofuels production
In a major political and regulatory win for corn farmers and ethanol producers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to grant retroactive reductions in corn ethanol production quotas sought by many oil refiners, reports the Star Tribune.
Waivers from government-mandated requirements to make certain amounts of ethanol have been at the center of a pitched, expensive battle between the corn and oil lobbies during much of the Trump administration.
Monday's action by the EPA denied 54 waiver requests covering 2011-2018 that refiners had sought. Another 14 retroactive requests have yet to be acted on.