EPA Drafts Scaled-Back Renewable Fuels Goal

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TELTOW, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: Stalks of corn stand under a blue sky during harvest on September 13, 2012 near Teltow, Germany. The annual corn harvest is underway in the German state of Brandenburg, where corn is widely planted and used for animal feed as well as the produciton of biofuels. Analysts recently predicted that German corn farmers are likely to benefit from global warming, as higher temperatures will mean an earlier planting season.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Oct. 9, 2013, 10:34 a.m.

The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency is pro­pos­ing to lower its tar­geted levels for re­new­able fuels next year, re­ports E&E (re­quires a sub­scrip­tion), and is cir­cu­lat­ing the plan to in­dustry lead­ers.

The cur­rent stand­ard would re­quire more than 18 bil­lion gal­lons of bio­fuel pro­duc­tion; the new tar­get would be closer to 15 bil­lion gal­lons, in­clud­ing 13 bil­lion gal­lons of corn eth­an­ol. Op­pon­ents of the man­date say it has caused in­creased prices for oth­er corn products like live­stock feed.

The move would mark the first time the EPA has chosen to re­duce the man­date’s se­quen­tial in­creases, which are de­signed to reach 36 bil­lion gal­lons by 2022.

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