After hearing the Trump administration did not seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit regarding small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, Illinois Corn Growers Association President Bill Leigh, a farmer from Minonk, made the following statement:
“We have always believed that the EPA overstepped its authority in the granting of so many small refinery exemptions in 2016 and 2017. The tenth circuit agreed with us. And today, knowing that the EPA will abide by the decision and not seek a re-hearing is a tremendous relief during this time of crisis. Allowing the ruling to stand is the right thing to do.”
For the 2016-2018 RFS compliance years, EPA issued 85 SREs eroding more than 4 billion gallons of renewable fuel blending requirements.