Comment period on EPA’s SRE proposal closes Nov. 29

By Erin Voegele | November 25, 2019

Those who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s plan to reallocate future Renewable Fuel Standard volumes lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) have less than one week left to do so. A public comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking closes Nov. 29.

The supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, issued on Oct. 15, has been slammed by supporters of the biofuels industry. The White House originally briefed industry representatives on a deal that would use a three-year rolling average of actual SRE waived volumes to predict future waived volumes. The EPA’s rulemaking, however, proposes to use a three-year rolling average of U.S. Department of Energy SRE recommendations rather than actual waived volumes to project future SREs. Unlike data on actual waived SRE volumes, DOE recommendations are not publically available and have largely been disregarded by the EPA in recent years during its process to evaluate and approve or deny SRE applications.

As of the close of Nov. 24, more than 7,800 public comments on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking had already been filed. Comments can be filed online at under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-0136 through 11:59 p.m. ET on Nov. 29.