EPA RFS Proposal Under Review at White House
May 3, 2016 - Issue #216View Full Issue
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently delivered its proposed rule for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. The OMB review is the final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register and opened for public comment.
The proposed rule contains 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for renewable fuel, advanced biofuel and cellulosic biofuel. It also contains the 2018 RVO for biomass-based diesel. The 2017 standard for biomass-based diesel was finalized in a previous RFS rulemaking.
“This year’s rule really gives the EPA the chance to get the RFS back on track,” stated Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “The data is clear, the EPA should set the conventional biofuels number at 15 billion gallons and dramatically push up the biomass-based diesel number to account for the foreign imports of biodiesel pouring into the United States. Iowa retailers have proven definitively that you can meet – and greatly exceed – the RFS schedule by simply giving consumers the option of buying higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.”
Delivery of the proposed rule to the OMB seems to indicate the EPA is on track to finalize the final rule for 2017 RVOs in line with the Nov. 30 statutory deadline.
The EPA delivered the proposed rule to set 2014, 2015 and 2016 RVOs to the OMB on May 7, 2015. The proposed rule was released for public review less than one month later, on May 29.