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Both sides of Small Refinery Exemption debate gearing up for Supreme Court case

The Supreme Court case HollyFrontier versus Renewable Fuels Association begins later this month.

RFA CEO Geoff Cooper says he hopes the Justices affirm last year’s 10th Circuit Court decision that found EPA abused the small refinery exemption process.

“Of course the refineries didn’t like the outcome of the 10th Circuit case, so they appealed it. And that’s how it ended up in the Supreme Court. Early this year the Supreme Court indicated it would in fact hear the case. So now we’re three weeks away from oral arguments.”

And as the case nears, amicus briefs are being filed by refining interests as well as states supportive of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“Eight states to be exact, supporting our arguments and really underscoring for the Supreme Court just how important the Renewable Fuel Standard is (and) just how important the ethanol and biodiesel industries are to the economies of those states.”

Those states include Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Cooper tells Brownfield RFA also has states outside the Corn Belt like Oregon and Virginia supporting their arguments.

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