EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Target

by | Jan 24, 2014

The EPA will reconsider its 2013 cellulosic ethanol target, Reuters reports.

The move is a big win for oil industry groups, which have argued the rule mandates significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace.

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute had petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the 2013 biofuel target and in a letter sent to the groups on yesterday, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy acquiesced.

“We have determined that your petition demonstrates that the statutory criteria for granting a petition for reconsideration are satisfied,” McCarthy wrote in the letter, according to Reuters.

In November, EPA proposed reducing the amount of ethanol blended into the US fuel supply for the first time since the renewable fuel requirements were passed by Congress in 2007.

The agency’s 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards proposed shrinking the volume of renewable fuel to 15.21 billion gallons, about 3 billion fewer gallons than the 18.15 billion mandated by the 2007 law. The 2014 target is down from 16.55 billion gallons this year.



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