EPA Reconsiders 2013 RFS Cellulosic Biofuel Obligation – Recognizes Phantom Fuels

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement on EPA’s agreement to reconsider the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) cellulosic biofuel obligation in response to AFPM’s October 2013 petition: "We appreciate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to our request to reconsider the high RFS cellulosic renewable volume obligation (RVO) for 2013...."

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 23, 2014

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement on EPA’s agreement to reconsider the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) cellulosic biofuel obligation in response to AFPM’s October 2013 petition:

“We appreciate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to our request to reconsider the high RFS cellulosic renewable volume obligation (RVO) for 2013. The Agency’s optimism for cellulosic biofuel appears to have been tempered by reality. EPA used common sense when making this decision and we believe common sense should also prevail in resetting the 2013 cellulosic RVO, which would mean that our members will not be required to purchase credits for a fuel that does not exist.”

EPA set the cellulosic biofuel obligation for 2013 at six million gallons. However, less than one million gallons were actually produced last year. This follows EPA’s decision last March to set the requirement for 2012 to zero.

“While we are pleased that the Agency will reconsider the cellulosic obligation, we are nonetheless disappointed that EPA chose not to address fully the issues outlined in AFPM’s petition, such as its failure to meet statutory deadlines for the annual RFS obligations.

“EPA’s decision on the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirement is the right one, but it doesn’t alleviate the waste of resources and time spent correcting just this one example of an impracticable Renewable Fuel Standard.”


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