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EPA Lists 13 Pending Requests for Small-Refinery Exemptions to RFS

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By  Todd Neeley , DTN Environmental Editor
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The EPA on Thursday updated its Renewable Fuel Standard dashboard to now include 13 pending requests for small-refinery exemptions. (DTN file photo)

LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- A total of seven refining companies now have 13 small-refinery exemption requests to the Renewable Fuel Standard pending with the EPA, according to the agency's most recent updated posted to its website on Thursday.

That includes requests for compliance years 2022 through 2024. Ergon Refining has four pending requests for 2023 and 2024, at its refining locations in Newell, West Virginia, and Vicksburg, Mississippi.

All but one of the pending requests were filed in December.

Wyoming Refining Company based in Newcastle, Wyoming, filed SRE requests for compliance years 2022 and 2023, as did the U.S. Oil and Refining Company for its facility in Tacoma, Washington.

Calumet filed for SREs in 2023 at its plants in Great Falls, Montana, and Shreveport, Louisiana.

Hunt Refining Company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Wynnewood Refining Company in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, requested SREs for 2023. In addition, Placid Refining Company in Port Allen, Louisiana, has a request pending for 2022.

Earlier this month the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy asked a federal court for a rehearing on a previous court ruling in November 2023 to overturn EPA's rejection of SRE requests for six oil refining companies.

In November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit determined it was the proper venue to hear a challenge brought by six small refineries that saw their RFS compliance exemption petitions denied by the EPA. The court also overturned EPA's denial of those exemption requests.

The companies filing the legal challenges include many of the same companies that recently applied for new SREs.

Filing the legal challenge were Calumet Shreveport Refining LLC, Placid Refining Company LLC, Ergon Refining Inc. and Wynnewood Refining Company LLC.

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