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EPA Denies “Gap-Year” Small Refinery Exemption Petitions

September 18, 2020

On September 14th, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler issued a letter denying the dozens of so-called “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program blending requirements. Following a decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year that said refiners must have held exemptions continuously since the inception of the RFS in order to be eligible to apply for waivers, refiners submitted 68 petitions from 17 small refineries in 14 states for the intervening “gap” years to create such a record.... 
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SIGMA: America's Leading Fuel Marketers is the national trade association representing fuel marketers and convenience store chain retailers in the United States and Canada. Our approximately 260 corporate members command nearly 50 percent of the petroleum retail market, selling approximately 80 billion gallons of motor fuel each year.