ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced that it proposed increases in renewable fuel volume
requirements for all different types of biofuels that fall under the Renewable
Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
The EPA believes the increases will boost renewable fuel
production, as well as allow for achievable growth.
“The Renewable Fuel Standards program is a success story
that has driven biofuel production and use in the U.S. to levels higher than
any other nation,” Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s
Office of Air and Radiation, said. “This administration is committed to keeping
the RFS program on track, spurring continued growth in biofuel production and
use, and achieving the climate and energy independence benefits that Congress
envisioned from this program.”
Under the proposal, total renewable fuel volumes would grow
by close to 700 million gallons in the next year, while advanced renewable fuel
– which requires 50 percent lifecycle carbon emissions reductions – would increase
by almost 400 gallons.
The EPA will hold a public hearing on the matter on June 9
in Kansas City, Missouri. Afterward, the proposal will go before the public for
input and comments until July 11.