The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out a proposal for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 on Friday. Some suspect the proposal will include a reallocation of gallons displaced by hardship waivers, according to Politico. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said late last month that he spoke with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt about the hardship waivers. Perdue said the proposal would require hardship waivers to be granted before the volume requirements for the year go into effect, to allow for reallocation of the displaced gallons to other refiners.
This month, administrator Pruitt appeared to reverse course from his alleged attack on the biofuels industry, visiting an ethanol plant in Kansas, and telling a group of agriculture leaders that the EPA would move forward with a waiver to allow year-round E15 sales. Still, the ethanol industry is awaiting further word of action on the issue.