US EPA to Finalize 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by June 20: Official
by Herman Wang (Platts) The US Environmental Protection Agency will finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard in about four months, a top official said Wednesday.
“Our goal was to finalize [the rule] by spring,” said Chris Grundler, who heads the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “And my definition of spring is midnight, June 20.”
Grundler, who was speaking at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Florida, said his team of about a dozen staffers is still processing the 100,000 public comments the agency received on the controversial proposed 2014 RFS, which for the first time called for a cut to the biofuels blending mandate.
He said when the EPA finishes processing all the comments and market data, it may very well finalize a blending mandate that looks far different than what it originally proposed.
The ethanol industry has charged that the blend wall is a result of major oil companies’ refusal to invest in E15 and E85 fueling infrastructure.
But Grundler said the EPA, in its RFS proposal, had to recognize that the blend wall does, in fact, exist in the current marketplace.
“We have to address some of the practical realities we see today,” he said. “I can’t afford to get into an argument about why this exists. The fact is, it exists, and we can’t ignore it.” READ MORE and MORE (DomesticFuel.com) includes audio and MORE (FarmDocDaily)