EPA clears use of RFS ‘biointermediates’ but resists call to ease limits

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

EPA’s final rule setting biofuel blending volumes for 2020, 2021 and 2022 authorizes issuance of credits for fuel made from “biointermediates” for the first time under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), but the agency has rejected biofuels industry calls to ease proposed limits on use of the materials, saying the restrictions are needed to prevent fraud.
The regulation released June 3 contains an authorization of RFS compliance credits, known as renewable identification numbers (RINs), for finished renewable fuel made using biointermediates, which are fuels partially processed at one facility then sent for finishing at another. While industry has long sought the ability to earn RINs for fuels made in this way, producers of advanced biofuels pressed EPA to relax some of its proposed restrictions on the use of biointermediates.