October 24, 2017

Trump administration backs off efforts to ease ethanol mandates

Under pressure from the biofuel’s sector, the Trump administration has backed off its plan to ease the nation’s ethanol mandates. The decision, however, runs counter to the desires of the petroleum industry that has said that such compliance is expensive and questionable. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had been considering whether to alter the current requirements to blend ethanol and gasoline by allowing refiners to earn a waiver.  “After detailed analysis, numerous meetings with many stakeholders, and review of 18,000 comments received, the record demonstrates that granting that petition would not be appropriate,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wrote in a letter dated October 19.  Read more

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