Comment period on RFS rule to close July 11

Source: By Erin Voegsel, Bionass Magazine • Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Those who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, have less than a week to do so. The comment period on the proposed rule ends July 11. The EPA released the rulemaking on May 18.

The agency has proposed to set the 2017 RVO for cellulosic biofuel at 312 million gallons, with the advanced biofuel RVO at 4 billion gallons and the RVO for total renewable fuel at 18.8 billion gallons. The 2018 RVO for biomass-based diesel has been proposed at 2.1 billion gallons.

According to information filed on, more than 6,000 public comments have already been filed on the proposal. The EPA is expected to publish a final version of the rule by the November 2016 statutory deadline.

Comments on the proposal can be filed under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0004 on the website.