API Threatens Second EPA Lawsuit

A week after filing a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2013, the American Petroleum Institute (API) notified EPA that it would file a second lawsuit if the final 2014 renewable fuel standard is not released on time.  

EPA has sent its 2014 biofuels proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. Next year’s targets were due to be proposed in September and finalized by year’s end.

The government’s ability to meet that timeframe has come under question, however, because it finalized the 2013 RFS almost a year late and because it is widely speculated that the recent government shutdown could cause a delay.

Although targets have not yet been revealed, EPA said in early August that it planned to reduce both the advanced biofuel and total renewable volumes in its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirement.  Currently, the law would require the use of 18.15 billion gallons of biofuels in 2014, up from 16.55 billion gallons this year.

Pressure is mounting for lawmakers to either repeal or reform the RFS, amid concerns about the looming blend wall, the point at which adding the EPA-mandated volume of ethanol to gasoline supplies would result in ethanol blends that exceed 10 percent, and the rising price of renewable identification numbers (RINs).


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Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman develops and executes communications strategies to advance NATSO’s public relations and advocacy goals. Tiffany also develops and oversees partnerships related to the NATSO Foundation’s public outreach initiatives. Tiffany lives in the D.C. metro area with her husband and their two sons.More
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