EPA, USDA: RFS 2014 Rule is Not Final

October 11, 2013 11:36 AM
 
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EPA administrator McCarthy and USDA Secretary Vilsack say no decision reached


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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today said that the Obama administration has not reached a decision on its proposed ethanol usage mandate for 2014. But they did not deny that EPA is looking at cutting the targets to reflect the ethanol blend wall. A draft proposal suggests the target will be reduced below this year's. Link to details.

In a statement, McCarthy said the "administration remains firmly committed to furthering the development of all biofuels – including corn-based ethanol, cellulosic biofuel, and advanced biofuel – as part of the President’s commitment to developing a clean energy economy. ... At this point, EPA is only developing a draft proposal. The agency has made no final decision on the proposed renewable fuel standards for 2014. And no decisions will be made on the final standards without a full opportunity for all stakeholders to comment on the EPA’s proposed 2014 renewable fuel standards and be heard on how to best foster a growing biofuels industry that takes into account infrastructure- and market-related factors."

In a separate statement, Vilsack stressed that EPA won't make a final decision until "all stakeholders have had the opportunity to comment and to provide input on what is required for this industry, and the rural communities that depend on it, to continue to thrive."



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