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Biofuel Groups Ask Court to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

A coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. 

The motion asks the court to enforce its 2017 decision that required the Environmental Protection Agency to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 Renewable Volume Obligation. 

The coalition includes groups like Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, the National Biodiesel Board, and many others. 

A statement from the coalition after the filing says, “It’s simply unconscionable that EPA would so brazenly ignore a federal court’s order. Our coalition represents millions of American farm families that shouldn’t have to go to court to hold EPA accountable to the law.” 

The coalition points out that it’s well past time that the EPA restore the 500-million gallons and focus on restoring integrity to the Renewable Fuels Standard. 

In the motion, the coalition asks the court to require the EPA to issue a 500-million gallon “curative obligation” on obligated parties to make up for the lost gallons, and to require the EPA to do so no more than six months after the court’s order. 

The groups also want the court to declare it won’t extend those deadlines.

(Story Courtesy of NAFB News Service)

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