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By Stephanie Kelly
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration requested the U.S. Supreme Courtroom this week for an extension to answer a petition from oil refiners requesting that the court docket assessment a choice that solid doubt on a program exempting refiners from biofuel mixing obligations.
The federal government’s request would push their response deadline to Dec. 14 from Nov. 12, in accordance with a letter to the court docket dated Wednesday. The request comes because the Trump administration has delayed a slew of choices associated to U.S. biofuel legal guidelines, selecting to attend till after the U.S. presidential election to resolve on politically delicate issues.
Beneath the U.S. Renewable Gas Customary, refiners should mix billions of gallons of biofuels into their gasoline, or purchase credit from people who do. If refiners can show the obligations would trigger them monetary hurt, they’ll get waivers from their necessities.
The Trump administration has about quadrupled the variety of exemptions it grants to refiners, angering farmers and ethanol producers, who say the waivers damage demand for his or her merchandise. The oil trade says the exemptions assist towards the too-pricey obligations.
In January, an appeals court docket dealing with a case initiated by the biofuel trade, dominated that waivers granted to small refineries after 2010 ought to solely be permitted as extensions. As a result of most recipients of waivers lately haven’t repeatedly acquired them 12 months after 12 months, the choice threatened to upend the waiver program.
Then in September, oil refiners petitioned the Supreme Courtroom to assessment the choice.
The administration’s request for an extension may postpone already delayed selections across the RFS. The Trump administration has not determined methods to deal with exemptions for the 2019 compliance 12 months. It additionally has but to set volumes for subsequent 12 months’s biofuel mixing mandates beneath the RFS forward of a looming Nov. 30 deadline.
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