WASHINGTON, September 6, 2017 - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize the first draft of the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs). The May submission RVO requirement came in at 15 billion gallons (BG) for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol. The EPA proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 19.24 BG, consisting of 4.24 BG advanced biofuel and 238 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, leaving a 15 BG requirement for conventional renewable fuels. “RFA is pleased that the EPA maintained the statutory implied volume requirement of 15 billion gallons for conventional renewable fuels in 2018,” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen wrote in comments to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “We encourage the agency to adopt the intended approach of simply evaluating the physical supply of renewable fuels (and RINs) available to obligated refiners, blenders and importers relative to the statutory volume requirements.”

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