Pro Farmer Editors
Those interested in renewable fuels will have a longer time to comment on the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Renewable Fuels Standard-2 (RFS-2). EPA has opted to extend the comment period for 60 days -- it will now conclude Sept. 25, 2009. Originally, comments were due by July 27.
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released the following statement expressing concern about the extension of the public comment period, saying that it could further delay implementation of the RFS-2 regulation.
Everyone agrees with the need for a thorough public review of the EPA's proposed RFS-2 rule and a comment period of sufficient duration to accommodate public input. There are clearly ways to improve the proposed rule. With that said, it is important to note that RFS-2 was supposed to be in place at the beginning of this year, and extension of the comment period could further delay the implementation of the program. This will provide additional hardship to the U.S. biodiesel industry.
EPA already had extended the comment period on another ethanol-related proposal -- the request from Growth Energy to increase the ethanol blend percentage in the nation's motor fuels to up to 15%. That comment period was originally to have ended May 21 but was extended to July 20.