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Federal Court says EPA overestimated Biofuel Production

Friday, February 1, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

A federal court sided with the American Petroleum Institute last week ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made unreasonable estimates for the production and use of cellulosic biofuels.

Policymakers who crafted the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standards, which mandates that a certain amount of ethanol and advanced biofuels be blended with gasoline every year, assumed that there would be a gradual transition from corn-based ethanol to advanced biofuels.  However, those projections never materialized. The law mandated that 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel be produced in 2012, but only 20,000 gallons were ultimately blended with gasoline.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia concluded that the EPA made unreasonable estimates with the goal of advancing the biofuel industry, while ignoring economic realities of the commercial production and availability of cellulosic fuel.  The court ordered EPA to reevaluate the 2012 mandate and recommended making adjustments to the standards for cellulosic fuel for future years. 

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