The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final rule for the 2013 fuel requirements that are part of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The requirement calls for 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended with conventional gasoline. EPA’s standard specifically requires 1.28 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, 2.75 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, and six million gallons of cellulosic biofuels. EPA reduced the cellulosic biofuels level from a proposed 14 million gallons to six million.
Industry reaction was mixed to EPA’s announcement. Growth Energy, a renewable fuels trade association, said, “The RFS continues to be a resounding success, helping create jobs in America that cannot be outsourced, revitalizing rural economies across the country in addition to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and improving our environment, all while providing consumers with a choice and savings at the pump.” The Feed Food Fairness Coalition said, “This is just another example of the inflexibility of the RFS mandate, which is imposing numerous unintended consequences, not the least of which is higher food prices for smaller businesses in the food chain.” The coalition said it will continue to advocate for Congress to repeal the RFS.