EPA Delays Renewable Fuel Standard Announcement
November 21, 2014
This morning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this year.
According to the statement released by the EPA, the agency will set the final 2014 volume standard in 2015, and get back on schedule to propose the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes.
“Finalization of the 2014 standards rule has been significantly delayed,” the EPA said in a statement. “Due to this delay, and given ongoing consideration of the issues presented by the commenters, the EPA is not in a position to finalize the 2014 RFS standards rule before the end of the year.”
Originally, the EPA proposed rulemaking to establish 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards Nov. 29, 2013. The proposal led to controversy and comments, which expressed concerns regarding the proposal’s ability to ensure continued progress toward achieving the volumes of renewable fuel targeted by the statute.
“Changes proposed by the EPA in renewable fuel volume requirements for 2014 are not consistent with current law or legislative history,” said Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator. “The proposed reductions in biofuel use impede progress toward the use of more domestically-produced renewable fuels that mitigate the adverse impacts of petroleum on public health, the environment and the economy. Consumers deserve a wider variety of transportation fuel choices including E15 and E85. The RFS was intended to ensure choices are available to consumers. Oil companies have an obligation to meet these fuel standards.”
RFS supporters continue to advocate for renewable fuels, particularly cellulosic biofuels, which will reduce greenhouse gases emitted from transportation fuels and help diversify the nation’s fuel supply.