EPA Launches Website to Track RFS Exemptions

Without naming names, the site will list how many small refiners are applying for, receiving and being denied economic hardship exemptions.

September 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) debuted a new website that will keep track of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) standards, Politico reports. Companies will not be named, but the site will post the number of small refiners who apply for, receive or are denied economic hardship exemptions.

The site also will post monthly information related to renewable fuel production and biofuels credit trading volume. In addition, the average weekly price for Renewable Identification Numbers will be listed.

The new website is one way the agency is keeping a promise made by acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to the Senate during his confirmation hearing: “Increasing transparency will improve implementation of the RFS and provide stakeholders and the regulated community the certainty and clarity they need to make important business and compliance decisions.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue commended the website’s aim. “Farmers stay on top of every bit of news that comes out about the RFS and their industry, so providing them with more information is a priority,” he said.

The website could be seen as a response to a lawsuit filed against the agency under the Freedom of Information Act by Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association. The groups wanted the EPA to release specific company data, but the agency said it wouldn’t because the data is considered confidential business information.