EPA Begins Hearing Public Comment on 2014 RFS Proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began taking comments on proposed changes to the renewable fuel standard at a public hearing held Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C.  

Associations and corporate interests representing petroleum, renewable fuels, agriculture, as well as environmentalists and elected officials weighed in on EPA’s proposal to reduce the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply in 2014.  

A representative from Love’s Travel Stops spoke in opposition to the proposed reduction in biodiesel volume requirements. Love’s stated that blending biodiesel into their fuel has allowed the company to sell more competitively priced diesel in the marketplace, which benefits their customers. Biodiesel is cheaper than diesel fuel once the value associated with the sale of RINs (renewable identification numbers) is taken into account. EPA’s 2014 proposal to not continue increasing biodiesel mandate levels puts these customer savings at risk, the Love's representative said.

The agency will accept public comments until Jan. 28.

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Brad Stotler

Stotler represents the truck stop and travel plaza industry on legislative and regulatory issues related to transportation, fuels, labor and the environment. Prior to his advocacy experience at NATSO and in the trucking industry, Stotler worked as a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill for an Illinois Congressman. Stotler graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and has completed additional course work in a master's program at Johns Hopkins University.More
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