Friday, November 21, 2014

EPA delays 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard to 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it would not "finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuels Standard, saying a glut of comments will push action back into 2015," Spencer Chase reports for Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter.

EPA said in a notice posted to the Federal Register Friday morning, “The proposal has generated significant comment and controversy, particularly about how volumes should be set in light of lower gasoline consumption than had been forecast . . . and whether and on what basis the statutory volumes should be waived.” The agency said it plans to “take action on the 2014 standards rule in 2015 prior to, or in conjunction with, action on the 2015 standards rule.”

Farm interests have objected to EPA's proposed reduction of the required blending requirement for ethanol and other renewable fuels. The livestock and oil industries want the RFS scrapped entirely.

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