• Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

IRFA thanks Iowa AG for leading effort to support RFS before US Supreme Court


Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller and seven other state attorneys general submitted an amicus brief March 31 to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to uphold a recent Tenth Circuit Court decision concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard. The bipartisan brief supports the Tenth Circuit’s finding that EPA abused the RFS refiner exemption process in recent years. Refining companies appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Monte Shaw, executive director for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, thanked Miller for his leadership in organizing the effort.

“We greatly appreciate the leadership of Attorney General Miller to bring together a large, bipartisan group of states to support the RFS and the letter of the law,” Shaw said. “This amicus brief sends a message loud and clear from eight state attorneys general that the Tenth Circuit Court got it right. They clearly and accurately interpreted and upheld the RFS law. This brief encourages the U.S. Supreme Court to do the same. Words matter and the RFS should be implemented as Congress intended. Today’s amicus brief is another step in getting the RFS back on track and growing demand for low-cost, low-carbon biofuels.”

In January 2020, the Tenth Circuit Court found that EPA illegally issued RFS exemptions to refineries that did not qualify. The verdict of the case is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

To view the amicus brief, click here.

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