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EPA Releases RFS Volumes

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released a new proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) numbers for 2014 through 2016. The proposed volume requirements, however, fall short of levels originally mandated by Congress, due to constraints in the fuel market to accommodate increasing volumes of ethanol, along with limits on the availability of non-ethanol renewable fuels. EPA proposed requiring 15.93 billion gallons of total renewable fuel in 2014, 16.3 billion gallons in 2015 and 17.4 billion gallons in 2016. Despite the lower requirements, EPA stated that the rule would boost renewable fuel production and would support the future expansion of the biofuels industry. The proposed rule also would establish the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuels that apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or imported in years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The comment period closes on July 27, 2015, and EPA will hold a public hearing to discuss the updated requirements on June 25, 2015, in Kansas City, Kansas. Final action on this proposal is expected by November 30, 2015.

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