Biofuels groups protest EPA plan for automatic RFS compliance delays

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, December 6, 2021

Biofuels groups are strongly opposing what they say are EPA’s plans to allow automatic extensions of compliance mandates with the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which they argue would give refiners a free pass to miss deadlines if EPA fails to set biofuel blending volumes on time as it has often failed to do in the past. At a Dec. 3 virtual public hearing, biofuels groups sparred with refiners over the agency’s latest proposal to again punt compliance deadlines, as EPA is rumored to be close to proposing long-overdue blending volumes for 2021 and 2022, and possible retroactive cuts to volumes for 2020. “RFA fully understands that the previous administration left the RFS program in disarray and failed to meet its deadlines for deciding SRE petitions” and issuing volumes, said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Mismanagement of the RFS program under the previous administration created significant turmoil and uncertainty in the marketplace and undermined the purpose and intent of the RFS. Extending the compliance deadlines again would only exacerbate the uncertainty and instability created by the past administration.”