BREAKING: Justices Back Refiners In Biofuel Exemption Row – Law360

Law360 (June 25, 2021, 10:14 AM EDT) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday restored small refiners’ exemptions from federal renewable fuel blending requirements, wiping out a Tenth Circuit ruling that eliminated the exemptions.

In a 6-3 ruling, the high court sided with refiners HollyFrontier Corp. and CVR Energy Inc. in their bid to undo the Tenth Circuit’s voiding of their small-refinery economic hardship exemptions from renewable fuel blending requirements handed out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exemptions that were challenged by biofuel industry groups.

The majority agreed with the refiners’ assertion that the Clean Air Act provisions covering the Renewable Fuel Standard allow the EPA to extend…

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