EPA eying reductions for 2014 RFS target, documents show

10/10/2013 | Bloomberg · Reuters · Reuters · Financial Times (tiered subscription model)

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering lowering the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard target to 15.21 billion gallons from 18.15 billion gallons, according to internal documents obtained by news agencies. Among the options the agency is considering is to cut the target for corn ethanol from this year's 13.8 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons, and that of advanced biofuels from this year's 2.75 billion gallons to 2.21 billion gallons, the documents showed. If EPA does move in that direction, biofuel advocates said they may have no choice but to take legal action. "Let me be clear: any plan to roll back the targets ... under the guise of addressing the blend wall would be patently unlawful," said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen.

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