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EPA/OAR RIN: 2060-AV72 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Alternative RIN Retirement Schedule for Small Refineries 

EPA is proposing an alternative schedule for small refineries to comply with Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations for the 2019 and 2020 compliance years. The compliance flexibility is necessary to address a unique confluence of circumstances that render the standard compliance deadlines impracticable for the obligated small refineries and problematic for the RFS program as a whole. The proposal would not change volume obligations but would give small refineries more time to come into compliance and more time to acquire RINs. The action is necessary to ease immediate demand on 2019 and 2020 RINs, and especially advanced RINs, which are largely unavailable. The extended compliance schedule and option to use a broader range of RIN vintages to comply would make it possible for small refineries to come into compliance with their RFS obligations.

The proposed alternate compliance schedule would establish a series of interim deadlines for RIN retirement along with deficit carry forward and reporting protocols applicable to small refineries that choose to exercise this compliance flexibility. The proposal will seek public comment on the sufficiency of this time period and the appropriateness of the unique provisions designed to implement this approach.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 80   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Courtney Herbolsheimer
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-5767

Karen Nelson
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
USEPA National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, 2565 Plymouth Road,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone:734 214-4567