The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed a motion this week for partial summary judgment in the federal District Court of the District of Columbia calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to make information about small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard available to the public.
The ethanol organizations filed the motion in response to EPA’s “failure to adequately respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and EPA’s radical escalation in granting SREs in recent years.”
RFA and Growth Energy asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order EPA to make public at least the most basic information pertaining to these exemptions. The organizations have asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order the following:
EPA should not withhold the name of the company submitting an application for an SRE nor the name and location of the refinery for which relief is requested
EPA should immediately produce the information that was unlawfully withheld for RFS compliance years 2015, 2016, and 2017
EPA should not withhold any of the five data elements identified in the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (“REGS”) rule