The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its proposed 2020, 2021, and 2022 biofuel blending requirements, which determine how many gallons of cleaner-burning, renewable biofuel should be blended into each year’s fuel supply.
EPA’s projection of strong biofuel blending requirements in 2022, commitment to halt illegal refinery exemptions, and long-awaited progress toward complying with a 2017 court order on lost gallons represent a welcome step forward.
However, EPA also proposed rolling back blending requirements for 2020 and lowering volumes for 2021. The proposed retroactive cuts to 2020 not only exceed EPA’s legal authority under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), they impact the entire fuel supply chain, including the farmers, producers, blenders, retailers, and responsible refiners who have based their business decisions on final blending requirements.
We need EPA to immediately fix the flaws to this proposal and finalize it as soon as possible. That’s why we are mobilizing advocates like you to send a clear message to the EPA to support proposals that increase the amount of biofuels like plant-based ethanol into our fuel supply.
The EPA is accepting comments on the proposed biofuel targets through February 4th, 2022, and we encourage you to submit a comment today.