Renewable Fuels Standard moves forward
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the final standards for the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard to the Office of Management and Budget Friday.
“The 2014 RFS final standards were submitted for interagency review,” an EPA spokeswoman confirmed in an email to The Hagstrom Report.
“Biofuels are an important part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy, helping to curb our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon pollution, and drive innovation. After an extensive public outreach process, we’ve received 340,000 comments that will help inform our final determinations,” the spokeswoman said. “EPA will issue a final rulemaking after the interagency review process has been completed.
“EPA supports the energy independence and security goals that congress envisioned when establishing the RFS program. The agency’s overarching goal is to put the RFS program on a path that supports continued growth in renewable fuels over time.”
The National Biodiesel Board said it was “pleased to see the process moving forward and hope the final rule will show that this Administration is standing behind our national goals for clean, domestic fuels that strengthen our economy and national security.”
“We also continue to urge the administration to finalize the rule as quickly as possible,” said Anne Steckel, the group’s vice president of federal affairs.
“The original EPA proposal and continued delays have severely disrupted the U.S. biodiesel industry this year. We can begin to reverse that damage with a meaningful increase in the biodiesel volume that is finalized as quickly as possible so that producers can ramp up production in a timely fashion.”
–The Hagstrom Report