Source: By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 ME has picked up rumblings that EPA may release the 2017 volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard on Thursday. Oil and ethanol industry sources said they were hearing the same thing, but no one was sure. EPA spokesman Nick Conger declined to comment. At any rate, final volumes are expected to increase to more than the 14.8 billion gallons proposed in May, roughly in line with increased U.S. gasoline consumption. But the big question is whether the requirement for conventional biofuels hits the 15 billion gallon figure required by Congress and much desired by ethanol groups. If EPA manages to get the final volumes out this month, it would be the first time in years the annual mandate was released on time.