Daines Calls on Biden Admin to Reconsider Denial of Montana Small Refinery Exemptions

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines is calling on the Biden administration to reconsider its proposed blanket denial of Montana small refinery exemptions (SRE) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as this runs counter to congressional intent under the Clean Air Act.

“We are puzzled by the action EPA took in these proposals, including the unprecedented and drastic step to propose a blanket denial of all 65 outstanding small refinery hardship petitions at a time of increasing gasoline prices and several small refinery closures around the nation,” Daines wrote. “The current proposal neglects not only its own economic impacts, but negates the intent of Congress in deliberately amending the Clean Air Act to allow for exemptions for small refiners that suffer disproportionate economic hardship from compliance with the RFS.”

To read the letter Daines sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, click HERE.   



Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler