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EPA Announces a Proposed Rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that would make regulatory changes to the current RFS.  The proposal specifically looks to set a standard for greenhouse-gas reductions of renewable fuels compared to conventional gasoline.  The proposed rule was required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The proposal calls for renewable fuels to be defined into four new categories.  The thresholds for the new categories would be 20 percent less greenhouse gas emissions for renewable fuels produced from new facilities, 50 percent less for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels, and 60 percent less for cellulosic biofuels.

EPA intends to hold public hearings and conduct peer-reviews on the lifecycle analysis of the four renewable fuel categories. 

A 60 day comment period on the proposal will begin upon publication in the Federal Register.

To see EPA's comments, go to: www.epa.gov/otaq/renewablefuels/index.htm#regulations

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