EPA Publishes Proposed RFS Volume Requirements

July 21, 2017 – EPA published in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 34,206) proposed renewable fuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2018 for total renewable fuel, advanced biofuel and cellulosic biofuel and for 2019 for biomass-based diesel.  Under the proposal, 2018 total renewable fuel volumes would decline from 2017 levels to 19.24 billion gallons (from 19.28 billion gallons), advanced biofuel to 4.24 billion gallons (from 4.28 billion gallons) and conventional biofuels to 238 million gallons (from 311 million gallon).  Biomass-based diesel in 2019 would remain level at 2.1 billion gallons.  In a separate Federal Register notice published on July 18, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 32,783) the agency announced that it will hold a public hearing on the proposal on August 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The public comment period on the proposal closes on August 31, 2017.  EPA is required to finalize the renewable fuel volume requirements by November.