NATSO told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 4 that Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “is the government's best opportunity to improve diesel fuel’s carbon footprint in the coming years.”
Testifying at an EPA virtual hearing, LeeAnn Goheen, NATSO’s Director of Government Affairs, applauded EPA for “the growth trajectory around the biomass-based diesel and total advanced mandates” found in the Agency’s Dec. 7 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2020, 2021, and 2022 under the RFS. Goheen further indicated that NATSO believes the market can absorb more of an increase in the advanced biofuels categories and doing so will allow fuel retailers to sell more lower-carbon-intensity fuels to consumers at an attractive price.
Reopening the 2020 RVOs, however, was a mistake.
“Clean fuel programs will only be successful if there is a meaningful, graduated cost associated with noncompliance or under-compliance,” Goheen testified. Retroactively lowering the 2020 RVOs was effectively a bailout for companies that have under-invested in lowering transportation fuels' carbon footprint. It is an unfortunate signal to send to the market at this particular moment.”
NATSO will file comments on the proposal on Feb. 4.
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