Ethanol Group Threatens Lawsuit Over RFS

Ethanol supporters are threatening to sue EPA if the agency doesn’t modify the proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard released on Nov. 15, which lowered the ethanol mandate and set reduced levels for other biofuels for 2014. 

Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, said the EPA overstepped its authority under the law and the agency could take its case to court if the agency does not reverse course in the final rule.

The Energy Information Administration recently reviewed the EPA’s proposed rule for the 2014 RFS. The agency said that while EPA has set requirements for cellulosic biofuels well below the legislated volume targets for such fuels in past RFS program years, the proposed rule for the 2014 RFS program is the first time that the agency is seeking to set the total renewable fuel and advanced biofuel requirements below the legislated targets.

For the first time, rather than establishing a specific target for the biofuels fuels, the agency established a range of acceptable levels of the fuels to be blended in the nation's fuel supply. 

For additional details on EPA's proposal, http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm.

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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