2017 Announcements for the Renewable Fuel Standard
EPA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which provides an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at dry mill ethanol plants.
For any calendar year for which the projected volume of cellulosic biofuel production is less than the applicable volume of cellulosic biofuel set forth in Clean Air Act, EPA must reduce the required volume of cellulosic biofuel for that year to the projected volume, and must provide obligated parties the opportunity to purchase cellulosic waiver credits.
EPA has finalized volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2018 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel, and biomass-based diesel for 2019.
EPA is required to conduct periodic reviews of certain aspects of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program under the Clean Air Act. This Notice describes EPA's interpretation of the statutory requirement to conduct periodic reviews, and prior actions that EPA has taken to fulfill its obligations to conduct such reviews.
Response to Petitions for Reconsideration of RFS2 Rule to Change the Point of Obligation
On November 22, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denied requests from petitioners to initiate a rulemaking to change the point of obligation for compliance under the Renewable Fuels Standards program. Based on a wide range of stakeholder input and information provided as a part of the public comment period, the agency has determined that changing the regulatory point of obligation for compliance with the RFS program is not appropriate.
The EPA has issued a Notice of Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment to provide public notice and an opportunity to comment on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or the 2019 biomass-based diesel volume under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
The Notice presents historical data on imports of renewable fuel and several options for how the EPA may consider such data in establishing the final volume requirements using one or more of the waiver authorities provided by the statute.
Public Hearing for Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing in Washington, D.C. on August 1, 2017 for the proposed rule ‘‘Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019.’’
Proposed Volume Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019
Proposed Volume Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019 On July 5, 2017 EPA issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for calendar year 2018. EPA also proposed biomass-based diesel volume standards for calendar year 2019.
On January 18, 2017, EPA issued a notice of opportunity to comment on the Agency’s analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use as a biofuel feedstock. The notice explains EPA’s analysis and describes how it may be applied in the future to determine whether biofuels produced from sugar beets meet the necessary greenhouse gas reductions required for qualification under the RFS program.
On January 17, 2017, EPA sent a letter to the American Petrochemical and Fuel Manufacturers (“AFPM”) denying its petition for a partial supplemental waiver of the 2016 cellulosic biofuel standard established under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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