Senators Push EPA to Walk Back Changes to Renewable-Fuel Standard

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Clare Foran
Jan. 30, 2014, 7:37 a.m.

A bi­par­tis­an group of sen­at­ors wants the ad­min­is­tra­tion to back down from pro­posed changes to the re­new­able-fuel stand­ard, a man­date re­quir­ing tar­get amounts of re­new­able fuels to be blen­ded in­to the U.S. fuel sup­ply each year.

The let­ter, sent to EPA Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy on Thursday by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md, Susan Collins, R-Maine, Di­anne Fein­stein, D-Cal­if., Bill Nel­son, D-Fla., and six oth­er sen­at­ors, takes is­sue with the agency’s draft pro­pos­al for the 2014 man­date and its sug­ges­ted cut­back to the ad­vanced-bio­fuels por­tion of the man­date.

The pro­pos­al would provide for 2.2 bil­lion gal­lons of ad­vanced bio­fuels to be blen­ded in­to gas­ol­ine — a cut­back of 1.5 bil­lion gal­lons com­pared with the tar­get amount spelled out in the En­ergy Se­cur­ity and In­de­pend­ence Act of 2007.

The sen­at­ors say that while they un­der­stand that EPA has jur­is­dic­tion to re­view and re­vise the stand­ard, rolling back the man­date for ad­vanced bio­fuels is un­ne­ces­sary.

“Do­mest­ic pro­du­cers are mak­ing real, on-the-ground pro­gress in ex­pand­ing pro­duc­tion to achieve broad­er com­mer­cial­iz­a­tion of ad­vanced bio­fuels,” the sen­at­ors write.

The let­ter goes on to warn that if EPA moves to lower the ad­vanced-bio­fuels tar­get, it could halt in­vest­ment in the in­dustry. It calls the agency’s pro­pos­al “the wrong ap­proach.”

“If the fi­nal rule were to in­clude the pro­posed level of 2.2 bil­lion gal­lons for ad­vanced bio­fuels … the 2014 RVO [re­new­able volume ob­lig­a­tions] will nearly be halved, thus tak­ing away any prac­tic­al in­cent­ive for fu­ture in­vest­ment in ad­vanced bio­fuels.”

The let­ter comes just days after the agency ended the pub­lic com­ment peri­od on the draft pro­pos­al, which was re­leased in Novem­ber.

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