EPA Delays Biofuel Renewable Fuel Standard Decision
The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Friday that it was postponing the issuance of final Renewable Fuel Standards, the rule that set the levels of biofuel that would be required to be blended into convention fuels, for 2014.
In a brief statement on its website, the agency said that the delay stems from what it called “significant comment and controversy” over the biofuel targets since its proposal was released last year. It questioned if the rules would be able to achieve “the volumes of renewable fuel targeted by the statute.”
Instead, the agency will take up the rule next year, when it determines levels for 2015 and 2016.
The Renewable Fuel Standard program was created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It mandated a specific renewable fuel volume of 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012. In 2012, the agency increased the mandate for oil refiners to create biodiesel by 28% for 2013.
The program has not been without controversy. In 2012, the United Nations called on the U.S. to halt the policy as a measure to avert a global food crisis.
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