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RFA Slams Big Oil Challenge to Trump E15 Rule

June 11, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will file a motion later today to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the American Fuels and Petrochemical Association's (AFPM) Petition for Review of the recently published rule allowing the year-round use of E15 filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The AFPM's lawsuit seeks to overturn EPA's final rule entitled, "Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15, Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations." The RFA is intervening to support EPA's E15 rule. RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper issued the following statement: "It was entirely predictable that Big Oil would challenge President Trump's effort to provide increased competition, consumer choice at the pump, and lower gasoline prices for a higher-octane fuel. But EPA's legal analysis is sound and is overwhelmingly supported by the public record and a plain reading of the statute. President Trump was correct in calling the regulatory barrier to E15 'unnecessary' and 'ridiculous,' and we greatly appreciate his effort to empower consumers and the American farmer. AFPM's desperate effort to have the court overturn President Trump's E15 rule will fail and reflects a callous desire to protect market share at the expense of rural America. The RFA stands with President Trump and consumers across the country who deserve a price break at the pump."