Reports Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency is scaling back its biofuel levels for next year’s renewable-fuel standard shouldn’t be taken as the final word, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a release Friday.
“At this point, EPA is only developing a draft proposal,” she said. “The agency has made no final decision on the proposed renewable-fuel standards for 2014. And no decisions will be made on the final standards without a full opportunity for all stakeholders to comment on the EPA’s proposed 2014 renewable-fuel standards.”
Wednesday’s reports indicated the agency was circulating the new levels—which reduced biofuel production from 18 billion to 15 billion gallons—to industry leaders. McCarthy’s statement seems to indicate those numbers aren’t set in stone.