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Ethanol Proponents Urge EPA to Reject Petition to Reduce 2014 RFS Mandate

A petroleum industry petition seeking a reduction in the 2014 renewable fuel blending mandate does not meet the statutory requirements for granting a waiver, ethanol prodcers said in an Aug. 28 letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy (link to letter). The Renewable Fuels Association urged EPA to reject the petroleum industry petition because the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) are trade groups and are not directly subject to the renewable fuel standard's requirements. Only states and companies directly regulated by the renewable fuel standard have the standing to request a waiver to reduce the blending requirement under provisions of the Clean Air Act, the ethanol trade group said. Petitions should come from individual petroleum refiners and importers subject to the renewable fuel standard's blending requirements, the ethanol group said. “As trade associations, API and AFPM are not directly responsible for fuel production or import and, as such, are not subject to the RFS's regulations,” the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said.

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