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API files suit against EPA’s unrealistic 2013 ethanol requirements

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has filed a lawsuit with the D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2013.

Harry Ng, API vice president and general counsel, said that ‘EPA’s unrealistic ethanol mandates for 2013 are simply bad for public policy. EPA issued this year’s requirements nine months late and has once again mandated significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace.

The 2013 RFS volume requirements were not issued until August 2013, despite the fact that the statutory deadline was November 2013. The EPA additionally mandated that refiners use four million gal. of cellulosic ethanol in 2013, but only 142 000 gal have been available for refiners to blend so far. The court has already had to rein in EPA’s excessive cellulosic ethanol mandates, according to Ng.

‘The 2013 mandates are an example of why EPA can’t be relied upon to implement the RFS effectively and in the interest of consumers’, Ng said. ‘Ultimately, Congress must fully repeal this unworkable and costly mandate’.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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