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AFPM statement on SCOTUS small refinery ruling

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American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President and CEO Chet Thompson has issued the following statement upon the release of the Supreme Court’s opinion in the case HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining LLC vs Renewable Fuels Association (20-472).

The Justices ruled 6-3 in favour of refineries, a decision that upholds Congress’s vision for the Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery relief programme and the ability for small refineries experiencing disproportionate economic hardship to petition and receive RVO relief from the EPA at any time.

Chet Thompson said: “AFPM is very pleased with this ruling and hopes that EPA now moves expeditiously to provide critical relief to those small refineries that have demonstrated disproportionate economic harm resulting from the RFS. RFS compliance costs hit all-time highs this month, nearing US¢25/gal. The programme is hurting consumers and jeopardising the viability of refineries across the country, as well as the jobs and communities they support. Further delay from the Administration in setting achievable annual volume standards, issuing small refinery waivers, and responding to numerous petitions for relief will make a bad situation even worse.”

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