Proponents and Opponents of RFS Gear Up Ahead of EPA Announcement
RFS proponents and opponents have the “red flag” out and ready to challenge any EPA announcement not to their liking. “Groups within the biofuel industry are fully committed to challenging the rule in court if the EPA changes how it implements the standard,” said Paul Winters, communications director for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. “We want to see the targets continue to be set at the highest-achievable level.” Of concern among renewable fuel proponents is a leaked draft of the EPA options which showed the agency might reduce the target for renewable fuels from the statutory requirement of 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion gallons for 2014. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a statement last month said that no decisions would be made until all stakeholders had an opportunity to provide input, and that is exactly what has occurred with many individuals and groups on both sides of the RFS volume requirement issues discussing their case with government officials, including EPA, Office of Management and Budget, USDA and the Energy Department, along with some White House officials. “The EPA has adopted the oil companies’ narrative with respect to the blend wall,” Dinneen said, according to a quote in Politico.