EPA Proposes Consent Decree for One Refinery Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice of proposed consent decree and request for public comment in the Federal Register to settle a 2019 refinery waiver petition by February 19.

United Refinery filed a complaint against EPA in July 2020 alleging that the agency “failed to take final action on its petition for a small refinery hardship exemption from its 2019 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program established by the Clean Air Act.” The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to act on the petition. The EPA SRE dashboard currently shows 32 requests for 2019 and 14 for 2020 that have not been answered.

Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by February 3, 2021.

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