Valero Files Petition to EPA on RFA Program

Valero Energy Corporation today filed a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider and revise who is considered an “obligated party” under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The company said making the change “will address supply constraints on renewable fuel in the transportation fuel market that impede the market’s ability to respond to renewable fuel volume mandates.”

Valero also filed two petitions for review at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. One petition requests that the court review the updated standards for the renewable fuel standard program; the other requests a review of the EPA’s final rule “Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

The RFS program requires a certain volume of renewable fuel to replace or reduce the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel, according to the EPA.


Energy Brief: Trump Administration Rejects Industry Effort to Protect Coal-Fired Power Plants

The Energy Department rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, saying the order was unnecessary. President Donald Trump privately committed to having his administration issue the order sought by companies seeking relief for coal plants, according to letters between the administration and Murray Energy Corp. Chief Executive Robert Murray.

Energy Brief: Trump Administration Disbands Advisory Panel on Climate Change

The Trump administration let the charter for the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment Climate expire on Sunday. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator informed the head of the 15-person federal advisory panel that NOAA would not renew the committee tasked with creating actionable plans for the National Climate Review, a recurring report that’s next due in 2018.

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

A special science section of the National Climate Assessment and a separate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the severe effects of climate change on the United States, potentially making it more difficult for President Donald Trump to roll back his predecessor’s environmental regulations.

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