Sioux Falls, SD - American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings released the following statement, following reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from complying with its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligation at its Utah refinery earlier this year:
“While Chevron and other refiners enjoy their record profits and “economic hardship” waivers from EPA on Thanksgiving, many farmers and ethanol producers in rural America are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.
"Chevron posted net profits of nearly $10 billion in 2017. On what planet does that constitute the “disproportionate economic hardship” threshold needed to help justify a Small Refinery Exemption?
"Meanwhile, it is insulting to rural America that EPA has found the time to grant nearly 50 Small Refinery Exemptions for 2016 and 2017 but insists on waiting until February of 2019 to propose a rule allowing retailers to offer E15 to their customers year-round.”
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