EPA Official Says Agency ‘Anticipates’ Releasing 2020 RVO by Nov. 30

Source: By Jeff Barber, OPIS • Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CHICAGO — EPA “anticipates” that it will release its final 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by the statutory Nov. 30 deadline, Dallas Burkholder with the agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality said Tuesday at the OPIS 11th annual RFS2, RINs and Biodiesel forum here.

Burkholder’s comment comes as the White House continues to work toward completing package of proposals designed to placate a biofuels industry angry over EPA’s increased approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Sources familiar with the White House talks believe the administration will look to significantly boost next year’s renewable fuel blending targets and could seek to add still more volume by restoring some of the gallons waived through prior-year SREs.

Burkholder said that while EPA is still awaiting word from the administration, it does not have a set, “go, no-go” date by which it must receive a proposal in time to incorporate it into a final RVO.

The agency, he said, has a range of “flexibilities” that would allow it to incorporate the proposal and still meet the Nov. 30 deadline, he said.