As EPA readies RFS mandates, food, fuel groups clash over biodiesel

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

With EPA only weeks away from release of renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates for 2021 and 2022, food and fuel sector groups are clashing over blend mandates that the agency will set in the “advanced” biofuels category that is in practice met largely through qualifying biodiesel. In recent meetings on the rule hosted by the Office of Management and Budget, food sector groups are ramping up pressure on the Biden administration to reverse course from its proposed rule and cut, rather than boost, biodiesel volumes, claiming that EPA’s plan fuels rampant inflation — though biodiesel makers are fighting back.
Under a consent decree agreement with biofuels producers, EPA must issue its long-delayed final volumes for 2021 and 2022 by June 3, including in the “advanced” biofuel category. The agency’s proposal unveiled Dec. 7 calls for an increase in this volume for 2022, along with an increase in the dedicated volume for biomass-based diesel that is sourced from many of the same materials.