Environment & Energy

EPA Weighing Help for Small Refineries Amid Fuel Demand Drop

May 20, 2020, 2:58 PM

The EPA is considering ways to help small refineries required to mix biofuels into gasoline as the coronavirus crushes fuel demand, agency chief Andrew Wheeler told senators Wednesday.

  • Wheeler said he had personally spoken with a number of small refineries, and “we are working with them to see what we can do to help them during this time”
    • Wheeler described a “double hit” to small refineries from a federal court ruling undercutting EPA’s ability to exempt them from biofuel-blending mandates and a “particular hardship” from the “decrease in vehicle miles traveled by Americans”
  • “We are looking to see what kind of relief we can provide everyone,” Wheeler said. “The ethanol industry is also hurting as well”
  • EPA will consider prior-year applications from refineries whose previous waiver applications were found by a court to have been wrongly denied, Wheeler said
    • NOTE: That could include two Sinclair Refining facilities
  • EARLIER: Biofuel Quotas to Get Small Lift Under Draft of EPA Plan

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Greg Sullivan

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