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After Controversy, Congress Limits EPA Power On Small Refiner RFS Waivers

August 04, 2017
Congress in its final fiscal year 2017 spending law restricted EPA's discretion in granting waivers to small refiners from the renewable fuel standard (RFS) following a long-running controversy, language that may have allowed Administrator Scott Pruitt to overcome legal objections and grant some waivers that EPA and the Energy Department (DOE) staff had initially recommended against because they did not comply with requirements in place at the time. The new language generally requires EPA to follow DOE's recommendations -- but...

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