Submitted Letters

November 13, 2018- Dear Acting Administrator Wheeler:

On behalf of Monroe Energy, LLC, I hereby request that you exercise your waiver authority under 42 U.S.C. & 7545(o)(7)(A)(i) to reduce the 2018 and 2019 renewable fuel volume mandates... Read the Full Letter


Letter Sent By Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for RFS Waiver


November 2, 2018- Dear Acting Administrator Wheeler: 

By letter dated November 2, 2017, I petitioned EPA to exercise the waiver authority in Clean Air Act Section 211 (o)(7)(A)(i) to reduce the nationwide renewable fuel volume mandate in order to address the economic difficulties faced by refiners in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in complying with this mandate... Read the Full Letter

October 4, 2018- Dear Mr. President:

In recent months, media outlets reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering regulatory action to expand the sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol by volume (E15) year-round by waiving certain Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements related to Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP)... Read the Full Letter 

September 14, 2018- We write to you today as Members of Congress repesenting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are concerned about the negative impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is having on our constituents and the state's economy... Read the Full Letter

September 13, 2018- Dear Administrator Wheeler, 

As the Trump Administration prioritizes regulatory reform, it is important that future modifications to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) consider the economic impact to all sectors of the U.S. economy... Read the Full Letter

July 26, 2018- Dear Acting Administrator Wheeler,

In recent weeks, media reports indicated that the Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) considered a proposal to retroactively reallocate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations from small refineries, which have recieved hardship relief, to other refineries and importers... Read the Full Letter 

May 17, 2018- Dear President Trump:

On behalf of the 345,000 members of the United Association of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, I write again regarding my continuing concern with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, today I write applauding news of your decision to advance a rule that would allow all Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) associated with all exported biofuel to be used for RFS compliances... Read the Full Letter

January 30, 2018-  Dear Mr. Pruitt:

As Governor of the State of Delaware, please let this serve as my request that you exercise the waiver authority contained in Clean Air Act Section 211 (o)(7)(A)(i) to reduce the nationwide renewable fuel volume mandates in order to provide relief to the refiners in Delaware and elsewhere grappling with tremendous operational impediments due to the current and proposed volume mandates.... Read the Full Letter

December 1, 2017 - Dear Administrator Pruitt:

The escalating and unjustified RINs prices are creating a severe economic hardship for refiners, small retailers, consumers, skilled labor, and others.

Texas companies directly suffer from spiked RNs prices. During previous RINs spikes, Texas merchant refiners lost as much as 64 percent of stock value.2 While it is true that some companies have made money off of expensive RINs, the majority of refiners are hurt by them.

I am formally requesting an appropriate waiver of the renewable volume obligation under RFS consistent with Section 21 l(o)(7) of CAA and reasonable use of enforcement discretion in order to address implementation issues and stabilize the RINs market at relative concentrations closer to those originally anticipated by Congress and predicted by EPA at the outset of the program... Read the Full Letter

November 22, 2017- Dear Administrator Pruitt:

Please accept this petition under section 211(o)(7)(A) of the Clean Air Act. Pursuant to this provision, you are authorized to avoid the risk of severe economic harm to a state, a region, or the entire Nation arising from the requirements imposed by the renewable fuel standard ("RFS")... Read the Full Letter 

November 14, 2017 - Dear Governor Reynolds, 

As you know, I, along with eight other Senators representing states whose constituents depend on a strong and robust refining industry, recently requested that President Trump convene a meeting with us and our colleagues representing various Midwest states, to discuss elements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Our goal in requesting this meeting is simple; to bring together diverse interests in an effort to come together and find a mutually beneficial outcome that will help both Iowa corn growers as well as protect blue-collar, refinery jobs that are at risk in too many states across our great nation. 

One of the main issues in RFS policy that has recently come under particular scrutiny is Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). As you know, refiners must meet their annual obligation under the RFS by submitting a set amount of credits, or RINs. Unforunately, RIN prices - an artificial government-created construct-continue to skyrocket and the result is hurting refiners and the men and women they employ across the country... Read the Full Letter

November 7, 2017 - Dear Madame Chairman, 

We write today with concerns about possible market manipulation in the compliance trading system used for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, known as the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market. We believe RIN market manipulation - and the resulting market volatility - is negatively affecting the economic stability of East Coast refineries. We ask that your agency investigate and end any possible RIN market manipulation under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission's Petroleum Market Manipulation Rule. 

Over the past four years, RIN prices have fluctuated widly. Since earlier this year alone, they have spiked over 200 percent. This price volatility creates great uncertainty for obligated parties, especially for merchant refineries like the ones along the East Coast that have limited capability to blend biofuels into thier products and need RINs to comply with the RFS program's requirements.... Read the Full Letter

October 25, 2017 - Dear President Trump

If your administration does not make adjustments or reforms on matters related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it will result in a loss of jobs around the country, particularly in our states.

We request that within the next three weeks you convene a meeting regarding the RFS and pro-jobs policies with us, our Senate colleagues who previously lobbied you on behalf of the ethanol industry, and relevant members of your administration, to discuss a pathway forward toward a mutually agreeable solution that will also save refining jobs and help unleash an American energy renaissance... Read the Full Letter

October 20, 2017 - Dear Mr. President, 

I write to ask your assistance in protecting hundreds of good paying energy sector jobs in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Specifically I bring to your concern that the high cost of compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credit is undermining the continued viability of the oil refining sector in the northeast. I would like to work with your Administration to develop a path forward that lowers the compliance costs and protects these good paying, familiy sustaining jobs... Read the Full Letter

Letter that the CEO's of Four Refineries sent to President Trump


October 18, 2017 - Dear President Trump: 

We strongly support your administration's recent review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Specifically, recent media reports suggest your EPA may be considering a policy to treat exported gallons of biofuel the same as domestically consumed biofuel under the RFS program. Doing so would not only bolster the golas of the RFS and boost domestic renewable fuels production, but also provide much-needed regualtory relief for merchant refiners... Read the Full Letter

October 6, 2017 - Dear President Trump:

We write to ask your assistance in supporting thousands of well-paying energy sector jobs in Phildelphia and the surrounding area. Specifically, we are concerned that the high cost of compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standar (RFS) through the submission of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits is undermining the continued viability of the oil refining sector in the Northeast. We ask that your administration address RINs in an effort to reduce compliance costs and support thousands of well-paying jobs in Pennsylvania's energy sector... Read the Full Letter

August 1, 2017- My name is Suzanne Murray and I am making a statement on behalf of Mr. Karim Dhukani and other minority business owners from the Small Retailers Coalition. Mr. Dhukani is the owner of Express Fuel Products in Houston, Texas... Read the Full Statement 

August 1, 2017- Good Morning! My name is Bill Douglass and I chair the” Small Retailer Coalition”. Our family has a Petroleum Distributorship in North Texas, which also operates 22 Convenience stores with fuel... Read the Full Statement 

July 6, 2017- Dear Senator: 

On behalf of the 850,000 members of the United Steelworkers (USW), I wish to express our deep concern and opposition to S. 517 the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act as currently drafted... Read the Full Statement