Renewable fuel standard violations settled


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice have settled with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy LLC. The settlement resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million.

From January to October of 2010, Washakie generated more than 7.2 million Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, and reported to the EPA that it produced biodiesel associated with those RINs at its Plymouth, Utah, facility. During that time, however, Washakie did not produce any biodiesel at the Plymouth facility. The biodiesel associated with the 7.2 million RINs would have accounted for a reduction of emissions equivalent to more than 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Washakie has purchased and retired from the market an equivalent number of RINs, which achieved this reduction of emissions.