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ACE Welcomes Court Order to Vacate Trump EPA Last-Minute Small Refinery Exemptions

Today, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) welcomed an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit which vacates three last-minute small refinery exemptions (SREs) granted by the Trump Administration Environmental Protection Agency on the eve of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. ACE CEO Brian Jennings issued the following response to this news: “In anticipation that the prior…


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: Yet Even More Waiver Requests While a Hurting Rural America Continues to Wait for EPA to Correct its RFS Missteps

Sioux Falls, SD (July 16, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) dashboard, disclosing the Agency’s received six more retroactive SRE petitions or so-called ‘gap filings’ for compliance years 2011 through 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA unveiled in its June update that the Agency had received 52 new retroactive SRE…


U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Demand Answers on Retroactive EPA Exemptions

In a letter today, America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to offer answers on a new effort to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During a Senate hearing last month, administration officials confirmed their consideration of retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) covering previous years. The “gap-filings” are designed to reconstitute…


Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

Sioux Falls, SD (March 25, 2020) – Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Jan. 24, a panel of Tenth Circuit judges unanimously ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…


U.S. Farm and Biofuel Leaders Urge President Trump Stand by RFS

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Trump to immediately speak out against reports from within the administration that the White House may bow to a misinformation campaign spearheaded by Senator Ted Cruz. The senator has urged the president to join a handful of oil refineries seeking to overturn a unanimous court decision that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s…


Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

Sioux Falls, SD (January 27, 2020) – In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to granting Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA. The court ruling stems from a May 2018 challenge brought against…


ACE: EPA’s final 2020 RFS rule fails to uphold the President’s biofuel deal

Sioux Falls, SD (December 19, 2019) –Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) along with its finalized supplemental rulemaking that addresses how the Agency will handle the Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) provision in the program moving forward. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings…


ACE urges EPA to get RFS back on track

Sioux Falls, SD (November 26, 2019) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments  today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE CEO Brian Jennings detailed three areas in which the proposal falls short in ACE’s written comments, including the proposed…


ACE thanks rural leaders for speaking out on the RFS, urges continued vigilance

Sioux Falls, SD (October 4, 2019) – American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings thanks rural leaders for prompting today’s announcement following White House discussions over the past few months with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA says it is seeking comment on actions to ensure that the statutory…



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