Biofuel Groups Seek to Intervene in Latest Legal Challenge to RFS
(Agri-Pulse) The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the Biotechnology Industry Organization filed Friday a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the oil industry in September challenging EPA’s implementation of this year’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
BIO, Growth Energy and RFA are asking the court to intervene on behalf of their member companies, contending that biofuel producers, advanced biofuel technology developers and energy crop developers depend on the stable implementation of the RFS.
“Moreover, a reduction in the volumetric requirement for any one type of renewable fuel under the RFS could affect the demand for other types of renewable fuels,” the biofuel groups said in the filing.
The court has consolidated the suits filed by API and AFPM with another suit filed by Monroe Energy, a fuel distributor recently purchased by Delta Air Lines to provide the carrier’s jet fuel. The airline said fluctuation in the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), or credits used to certify obligated parties have met their biofuel blending requirements, have cost Delta more in jet fuel than the cost of buying Monroe. READ MORE and MORE (Renewable Fuels Association)