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Renewable Fuels: Notices

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Denial of Requests for a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard

In August 2012, Governors from several States requested a waiver of the national volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard program (RFS) pursuant to Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act. EPA's extensive analysis makes clear that Congressional requirements for a waiver have not been met and that waiving the RFS would have minimal impact on ethanol demand.

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Notice of Approval of RFS2 MSW Separation Plan

EPA has approved Fiberight Blairstown LLC's municipal solid waste separation plan. The plan demonstrates the removal of recyclable materials from the municipal solid waste they intend to use as a feedstock for renewable fuel production under EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Program.

Notice of Response to Petition

(published March 22, 2011)

On May 24, 2010, EPA received four petitions for reconsideration of the final rule, Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2), (75 FR 14670, March 26, 2010). The petitioners raised several concerns associated with the final RFS2 rule. Specifically, all four petitioners requested reconsideration on the issue of EPA's adoption of the "aggregate compliance approach" as part of implementing the requirements for renewable biomass for certain feedstocks grown in the U.S. In addition, one petitioner cited the exclusion of the global "rebound" effect in the lifecycle analysis used in determining compliance with the required greenhouse thresholds for various renewable fuels. On February 17, 2011, EPA issued it's denial of these petitions because they fail to meet the criteria for reconsideration.

Notice of Receipt of Petition from Canada for Application of the Renewable Fuel Standard Aggregate Compliance Approach

(published March 15, 2011)

EPA is issuing notice of receipt of a petition for EPA to authorize the use of an aggregate approach for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard for renewable biomass. This petition was submitted by the Government of Canada. The petition requests that EPA determine that an aggregate compliance approach will provide reasonable assurance that planted crops and crop residue from Canada meet the definition of renewable biomass. In this notice, EPA is soliciting comment on all aspects of the petition.

Partial Grant and Partial Denial of Clean Air Act Waiver Application Submitted by Growth Energy to Increase the Allowable Ethanol Content of Gasoline to 15 Percent; Decision of the Administrator

(published November 4, 2010)

EPA reviewed the March 2009 application from Growth Energy, available test data and public comments on the waiver request. On October 13, 2010, EPA determined that, subject to compliance with all of the conditions listed in the waiver decision, a gasoline produced with greater than E10 and no more than E15 will not cause or contribute to a failure of certain motor vehicles to achieve compliance with the emission standards to which they have been certified over their useful lives. Therefore, EPA partially and conditionally granted the waiver request application submitted by Growth Energy for its gasoline-ethanol blend with no more than 15 vol% ethanol.

Notice of 2009 Requirement

(published November 21, 2008)

EPA announced the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2009: 10.21 percent. This standard is used by obligated parties -- refiners, importers and blenders (other than oxygen blenders) -- to calculate their renewable volume obligation. This notice, which is required under section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, supersedes the notice published February 14, 2008.

Notice of Extension of Public Comment for the proposed rule to implement the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard Program

(published July 7, 2009)

EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule "Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard Program." Under the Federal Register Notice, published May 26, 2009 (50 pp, 618K) , the public comment period was set to end on July 27, 2009. The purpose of this document is to extend the comment period an additional 60 days until September 25, 2009. This extension of the comment period is provided to allow the public additional time to provide comment on the proposed rule.

Denial of the State of Texas Request for a Waiver of a Portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard

On August 7, 2008 EPA denied the Texas waiver request for a portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Governor of Texas requested that EPA waive a portion of the renewable fuel standard under section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act on April 25, 2008. According to the Act, EPA's Administrator s required to grant or deny the request within 90 days of receipt. On July 22, 2008, the Administrator announced that additional time was needed to adequately respond to the public comments and develop a decision document that explains the technical, economic and legal rationale of EPA's decision. Below is EPA's response and the related documents.

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