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ACE Reaction to Trump EPA’s Final Refinery Waivers

Sioux Falls, SD (January 20, 2021) – On the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted three more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests that were pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last week, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) sent a letter to the EPA Inspector General encouraging he ensure that all communications…


ACE Welcomes Long-Awaited E15 Proposal, Slams RFS Waivers

Sioux Falls, SD (January 15, 2021) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that on January 19, with one day left in the Trump administration, the Agency will issue a proposed rulemaking on E15 label revisions and underground storage tank compatibility, and separately will seek comment on waiver petitions from refiners and Governors of oil states under the 2019 and 2020 Renewable…


ACE Seeks Assurance EPA Administrator Wheeler is Complying with the Law on Any Final RFS Waiver Decisions

Today, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General seeking assurance that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s potential last-minute action to grant a significant number of petitions for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard complies with federal law. This action follows multiple media…


Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in RFA et al. v. EPA,  which overturned three inappropriately granted small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The following is a statement from the four co-petitioners in the lawsuit: the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers…


Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand…


ACE: Latest Stimulus Package Provides New USDA Leadership Opportunity to Support Biofuel Producers

Sioux Falls, SD (December 21, 2020) – As the year comes to a close, Congress finally coalesced behind another round of stimulus in response to the coronavirus pandemic, totaling approximately $900 billion in spending across a variety of sectors. The package includes $11.2 billion in relief to be distributed by the Office of the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), giving…


ACE Hopeful EPA Chief Nominee Will Bring a Change in Philosophy

Sioux Falls, SD – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement on reports that President-elect Joe Biden will announce Michael Regan, who has been secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality since 2017, as the nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Regan served at EPA for nearly 10 years during the Clinton…


ACE Notifies Retailers USDA is Re-Opening HBIIP Application Portal For 30 Days to Award Remaining Matching Grant Funds

Sioux Falls, SD (December 17, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening a new, 30-day application period starting Dec. 21 to provide retailers one more opportunity to apply for grant money still available under its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). In October, USDA announced several recipients of the up to $100 million in matching grants to increase ethanol and biodiesel…


ACE: Brazil’s Inequitable Treatment of Ethanol Another Demand Hit for Producers

Sioux Falls, SD (December 16, 2020) – This week the 90-day extension of the tariff rate quota (TRQ) on Brazilian imports of U.S. ethanol expired, imposing a 20 percent tariff on all U.S. fuel ethanol imports. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings expressed his disappointment in the Brazilian government’s decision by issuing the following reaction: “We were never big fans of Brazil’s…


ACE Congratulates Tom Vilsack for Nomination to Lead USDA

Sioux Falls, SD (December 10, 2020) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden nominated Tom Vilsack today to return to his previous position as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, which he held for eight years under President Barack Obama: “We congratulate Tom Vilsack on his nomination to once again lead USDA and know…



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