Reps. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on Feb. 19 reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which aims to ensure transparency and predictability in the U.S. EPA’s administration of the small refinery exemption (SRE) process. The bill would require small refineries to submit a petition for a Renewable Fuel Standard hardship exemption by June 1st of each year, allowing EPA to properly account for exempted gallons in the annual renewable volume obligations (RVOs) set each November. The bill would also increase transparency by mandating the public disclosure of data surrounding SREs—a process that has previously been carried out behind closed doors with little to no congressional oversight. More >>