EPA Delays Decision on 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to 2015 [December 1, 2014]   [open pdf - 57KB]

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in November 2014 that it will delay issuing a long-awaited final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until 2015. The RFS sets the annual minimum use requirements for biofuels in the nation's transportation fuel supply. EPA is required by statute to announce the RFS for various categories of biofuels by November 30 of the preceding year, which for 2014 would have been November 30, 2013. The agency has missed such deadlines before, but not by such a wide margin […]. In announcing the delay, the agency cited 'significant comment and controversy' over its proposal for a reduction in biofuel use mandates for 2014. At this date, EPA has also missed the November 30, 2014, deadline for issuing the 2015 RFS. […] The decision to delay the final rule for the 2014 RFS into 2015 has provoked criticism from Members of Congress who hold diverse viewpoints on the utility of the RFS, as well as from numerous industry stakeholders with a direct interest in the administration of the program. Given that the EPA has missed the November 30 deadline in recent years, and that the delays have grown longer, some in Congress might want to review what costs this may impose on regulated parties and other biofuels stakeholders; whether there are actions EPA might take to reduce delays in future years; and whether a legislative response is needed to facilitate an efficient and timely process."

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