EPA posts supporting documents for RFS rulemaking

By Erin Voegele | May 31, 2016

On May 31, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements in the Federal Register and posted dozens of supporting documents under the rule’s docket folder on Regulations.gov. A prepublication version of the rulemaking was released May 18.

The proposed rule aims to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel, along with the 2018 RVO for biomass-based diesel. The 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel was finalized last year.

The agency has proposed to set the 2017 RVO for cellulosic biofuel at 312 million gallons, with the advanced biofuel RVO at 4 billion gallons and the RVO for total renewable fuel at 18.8 billion gallons. The 2018 RVO for biomass-based diesel has been proposed at 2.1 billion gallons.

On the same day it published the proposed rule in the Federal Register, the EPA posted a variety of supporting documents to the rulemaking’s docket on Regulations.gov. Those documents include descriptions of companies the EPA expects to produce RIN-generating cellulosic biofuel before the end of 2017, E85 sales data, and other relevant information and data.

The EPA is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the RFS proposal June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri. A public comment period will be open through July 11. Comments can be submitted online on Regulations.gov under Dock ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016- 0004. A full copy of the proposed rulemaking and directions on how to submit comments are available on the Federal Register website