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Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Waiver Authority and Modification of Volumes [August 1, 2017]   [open pdf - 664KB]

"The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires that the nation's transportation fuel supply contain renewable biofuels. This mandate--established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct; P.L. 109-58) and expanded in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA; P.L. 110140)--requires the use of renewable fuel, but it does not explicitly require the production of that fuel. Obligated parties, such as refiners or importers of gasoline or diesel fuel, are responsible for complying with the RFS requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers the mandate, which is an amendment of the Clean Air Act, under its authority to regulate fuels. The statutory renewable fuel volume amounts increase annually until 2022, with EPA determining the volume amounts after 2022 within certain limitations. In general, EPA has the authority to waive the RFS requirements, in whole or in part, if certain conditions outlined in statute prevail."

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CRS Report for Congress, R44045
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2017-08-01
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