US EPA sends final RFS volumes to White House for review

Source: By Brian Scheid, Platts • Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent for review the final renewable fuel volume standards for 2018 and biomass based diesel volume for 2019, making it likely that the agency will release the volumes by the statutory November 30 deadline.

The EPA sent the final rule for review to the Office of Management and Budget Tuesday, according to a notice. No details of the final rule were released.

In July, EPA proposed requiring refiners to blend 19.24 billion gallons of biofuelsinto transportation fuel in 2018, down from 19.28 billion gallons required in 2017. But it kept the conventional ethanol mandate at 15 billion gallons, which it first reached in 2017.

Last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he was committed to following the “text and spirit” of the RFS and pledged to release the 2018 mandate on time and not to reduce volumes below levels the agency proposed in July.