Letters of Support

October 4, 2019 - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued a statement following the administration’s announcement rolling back regulatory relief for independent and small refineries: “I am disappointed that the administration intends to roll back the regulatory relief President Trump recently provided to our nation’s independent refineries...Read the Full Statement

Sen. Barrasso: New Biofuel Mandates will Do More Harm than Good

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

October 4, 2019 - Today, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), issued the following statement in response to the administration announcing a series of steps to change biofuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)...Read the Full Statement

September 24, 2019 - On behalf of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma and our 1,300 member companies representing tens of thousands Oklahoma families who work in the oil and natural gas industry, I write to share our concerns with the misguided proposals some within your administration are advocating for related to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) hardship waivers granted by the EPA...Read the Full Letter

September 24, 2019 - I am writing you today on behalf of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association, (NMOGA) a coalition of more than 1,000 oil and natural gas comapnies operating in New Mexico. The oil and gas industry supports over 100,000 jobs in New Mexico, the majority of which are in communities that align with your America First energy policies...Read the Full Letter

September 24, 2019 - Today, the Institute for Energy Research (IER) announced it has filed a second open records request with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to compel the release of certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) related to the agency’s involvement in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) regulatory process...Read the Full Statement

September 23, 2019 - The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (“AFPM”) submits these comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) Section 610 Review of “Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program.” 1 AFPM is a national trade association whose members comprise virtually all United States refining and petrochemical manufacturing capacity. AFPM members are directly regulated as obligated parties under the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) and will be substantially affected by the outcome of EPA’s 610 Review...Read the Full Letter

September 23, 2019 - PBF Holding Company LLC, a subsidiary of PBF Energy Inc. (“PBF”), respectfully submits these comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “Section 610 Review of the Renewable Fuel Standard Program” (EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-0168-0001) (“the review”). PBF is a member of and acknowledges the comments submitted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) (the “AFPM comment letter”). PBF’s comments are intended to complement and emphasize those raised in the AFPM comment letter. PBF’s comments addresses relevant issues from the unique perspective of its role as a merchant refiner...Read the Full Letter

Governor Herbert Letter to Trump Re RFS Refinery Relief

The Office of Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT)

September 16, 2019 - Utah is consistently recognized for its vibrant economy and high quality of life. Like you, I recognize the important role of energy in dirving economic opportunities. I also appreciate your administration's support of state leadership to advance smart, market-based solutions to meet local challenges...Read the Full Letter

September 12, 2019 - We are proud to be refinery managers, responsible for safely manufacturing the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, and other products that keep the U.S. economy moving and that serve as the foundational elements of modern life. Our refineries are the lifeblood of the communities that we call home...Read the Full Letter

September 12, 2019 - The undersigned write to object to several of the proposals under consideration regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It is time for the special favors for the ethanol industry to end. The EPA has already illegally allowed E15 fuels to benefit from a year-round waiver from generally applicable clean air regulations, despite statute clearly granting such a waiver only to E10 blends...Read the Full Letter

September 12, 2019 - We write today to thank you for your work to ensure small refineries are not harmed by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate and express concern that your administration is considering actions that would undermine this good work. Any reallocation of volumes from statutory...Read the Full Letter

September 7, 2019 - On behalf of the 18,000 members of the Delaware County Labor Council, I'm writing to express concern regarding recent press reports which could threaten the manufacturing jobs you promised to protect. Our Labor Council...Read the Full Letter

September 6, 2019 - On behalf of the 1.2 million active and retired members of the United Steelworkers, I write to express concern regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and recent reports of possible Administrative action to the RFS. As the largest union in the refining sector, representing roughly two-thirds of domestic refining capacity, we are concerned about potential impacts to small refineries and the threat to union jobs in multiple states...Read the Full Letter

September 6, 2019 - We are writing in regards to the importance of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs), which are issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to qualifying refineries with less than 75,000 barrels pery day throughput. When Congress...Read the Full Letter

Letter on Small Refinery Hardship Relief Under the RFS

LeAnn Johnson Koch, Perkins Cole LLP

September 3, 2019 - I am writing on behalf of a coalition of small refinery owners to share their appreciation for your administration’s decision to protect critical energy infrastructure and many thousands of stable and high-paying manufacturing jobs by granting small refinery hardship relief under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)...Read the Full Letter

Chairman Barrasso Responds to Reports of New Biofuel Mandates

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

September 3, 2019 - Today, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), issued the following statement in response to reports the administration plans to unveil a series of steps to change biofuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)...Read the Full Statement

August 30, 2019 - PBF Holding Company LLC, a subsidiary of PBF Energy Inc. (“PBF”), respectfully submits these comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021, Response to the Remand of the 2016 Standards, and Other Changes,” (EPA–HQ–OAR–2019–0136; FRL–9996–53–OAR) (the “proposed RVO”)...Read the Full Statement

August 30, 2019 - The Valero Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”) submit these comments on EPA’s proposed rule Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021, Response to the Remand of the 2016 Standards, and Other Changes. Valero’s unique position as a refiner, importer, exporter, marketer and biodiesel and ethanol producer means that Valero views the RFS program from several perspectives that can be helpful to EPA in evaluating and considering issues in the RFS program...Read the Full Statement

August 30, 2019 - The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers represents American workers in industrial construction, repair, and maintenance, including in many of our nation's refineries. Our members are highly skilled...Read the Full Letter

August 30, 2019 - HollyFrontier Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner that produces high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products and specialty and modified asphalt. HollyFrontier also operates...Read the Full Letter

Ethanol Producers Letter to President Trump

Valero Energy Corporation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Flint Hills Resources

August 28, 2019 - As some of the nation's largest ethanol producers, we write today to thank you for your continued support of the entire U.S. liquid fuels industry. Collectively, our companies produce nearly 20 percent of the current U.S. ethanol supply...Read the Full Letter

AFPM & API Letter to the President

American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers & American Petroleum Institute

August 28, 2019 - On behalf of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API), we write to share our concerns with the misinformation and misguided proposals the ethanol industry and some within your administration are advocating for in the wake of recent Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) hardship waivers (SREs) granted by EPA to certain small refineries. Frankly, these folks are attempting to...Real the Full Letter

Letter to President Trump Regarding SREs

North America's Building Trades Unions

August 22, 2019 - On behalf of the 3 million skilled craft professionals that constitute the 14 affiliates of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), I am writing in support of your Administration’s recent actions to grant Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), without increasing the mandate for other refiners. I also urge you to...Read the Full Letter

August 8, 2019 - On behalf of the State of Mississippi, I am writing regarding the importance of Small Refinery Hardship Exemptions (SREs) which are issued by the EPA to qualifying refineries with less than 75,000 barrels per day throughput. When congress enacted...Read the Full Letter

PA HOUSE MEMBERS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: STAND BY PA ENERGY, SUPPORT SREs

Pennsylvania Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

July 26, 2019 - We write in support of well-paying energy sector jobs and energy security in Pennsylvania and the United States..Read the Full Letter

July 16, 2019 - I represent numerous small refinery owners, identified in Appendix A, who are awaiting overdue decisions on their 2018 petitions for small refinery hardship relief under the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”)...Read the Full Letter

Letter From Governor Abbott of Texas Regarding RFS Program

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX)

July 12, 2019 - On behalf of the State of Texas, and following up on my letter of December 1, 2017, I am again writing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program established by the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C...Read the Full Letter

Small Refinery Letter to Administrator Wheeler

LeAnn Johnson Koch, Perkins Cole LLP

July 8, 2019 - Recent media reports indicate that the Secretary of Agriculture is attempting to gain access to the confidential business information (CBI) submitted by small refineries during the hardship petition process...Read the Full Letter

July 1, 2019 - Sens. Cruz, Barrasso, Inhofe, Toomey, Kennedy, Wicker, Lee, Enzi, Cassidy, Capito, Cornyn, Lankford, and Daines sent President Trump a letter asking him to prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from influencing the decision making process when small refineries petition the EPA for relief from annual obligations due to economic hardship....Read the Full Letter

June 26, 2019-- Sens. Cruz, Barrasso, Inhofe, Toomey, Kennedy, Wicker, Lee, Enzi, Cassidy Urge Administration to Uphold the Rule of Law and Block Senate Democrats' Efforts to Roll Back President Trump's Energy Independence Accomplishments... Read the Full Letter

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

The Office of Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA)

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

Valero Energy, PBF Energy, HollyFrontier & Monroe Energy

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