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AFPM comments on EPA reconsideration of RFS

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

AFPM President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement on EPA’s agreement to reconsider the 2013 RFS cellulosic biofuel obligation in response to AFPM’s October 2013 petition;

‘We appreciate the EPA response to our request to reconsider the high RFS cellulosic renewable volume obligation (RVO) for 2013. The Agency’s optimism for cellulosic biofuel appears to have been tempered by reality. EPA used common sense when making this decision and we believe common sense should also prevail in finalising the 2013 cellulosic RVO, which would mean that our members will not be required to purchase credits for a fuel that does not exist.

‘While we are pleased that the Agency will reconsider the cellulosic obligation, we are nonetheless disappointed that EPA chose not to address fully the issues outlined in AFPM’s petition, such as its failure to meet statutory deadlines for the annual RFS obligations.

‘EPA’s decision on the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirement is the right one, but it doesn’t alleviate the waste of resources and time spent correcting just this one example of an impracticable RFS.’

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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