CREW sues EPA for documents regarding RFS proposal

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) this week announced it is suing the EPA for failing to provide documents regarding efforts by the oil industry to influence the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014.

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Following a report by Reuters last May describing how the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines had lobbied members of Congress and the administration to reduce the amount of renewable fuel required to be blended into transportation fuel, CREW asked for an investigation by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General and filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records. It took months for the EPA to release even the documents the agency already had provided to Reuters, and it has yet to hand over all relevant documents, CREW reported.

CREW's Executive Director Melanie Sloan said, “Even though it is nearly 2015, the renewable fuel standards for 2014 still haven't been released. Is this to avoid potential political fallout in the mid-terms for siding with the oil industry over the biofuel industry?”

Sloan added, “Is the EPA slow-walking its release of these documents because it does not want the public to learn how political the RFS has become? The RFS should be based on sound energy policy, not politics. CREW's lawsuit will shed light on what really went on at the EPA.”

Read more blogs from Lynn Grooms on the biofuels industry.

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