On November 15th, The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a proposed rule that sets the standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS) program for the 2014 renewable fuel standard and the 2015 biomass diesel volume. Under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) EPA must establish the annual standards for the RFS each year.
The reduction in biofuel standards is a result of overall gasoline consumption in the United States being less than anticipated when Congress established the program in 2007 and the EPA’s updated production projections, which are informed by engagement with industry and assessment of the biofuels market.
The EPA plans on submitting the proposed rule for publication in the Federal Register (FR) soon. Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register, it will be open to a 60 day public comment period.
Click here to read a copy of the proposed rule.
Click here to read the fact sheet explaining the proposed rule.
Written by Joseph Negaard - Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
November 19, 2013