Bloomberg is reporting that finally the EPA may be considering cuts to the ethanol mandate of the RFS for 2014. According to the report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back requirements on the use of ethanol in 2014 because of complaints from refiners that mandates would exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without putting engines at risk.
A proposal from EPA would cut the requirement to 15.21 billion gallons for renewable fuels in 2014 instead of the 18.15 billion gallons established by a 2007 law, according to Bloomberg. EPA would call for the use of 13 billion gallons of conventional corn-based ethanol and 2.21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel, down from 13.8 billion gallons and 2.75 billion gallons respectively this year.
The proposal is “addressing both availability of qualifying renewable fuels and constraints on their consumption,” the agency said in the draft, which is dated Aug. 26, just days before a plan was officially submitted to the White House for review. The EPA document was provided to Bloomberg by an industry representative.
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