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Sources: EPA submits blending targets for review

The agency is required by the law that governs the Renewable Fuel Standard to set annual Renewable Volume Obligations dictating the amount of biofuels that are to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. The Trump administration did not complete that process in 2020, which will lead to an announcement of multiple years of blending targets this year.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is required by the law that governs the Renewable Fuel Standard to set annual Renewable Volume Obligations dictating the amount of biofuels that are to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. Agri-Pulse photo.

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent annual blending targets to the White House for regulatory review, kickstarting a process that will set two years’ worth of biofuel usage requirements.

Sources tell Agri-Pulse the recommendations were submitted Thursday morning; recent reports suggested the move could happen earlier in the week .

An EPA spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The agency is required by the law that governs the Renewable Fuel Standard to set annual Renewable Volume Obligations dictating the amount of biofuels that are to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. The Trump administration did not complete that process in 2020, which will lead to an announcement of multiple years of blending targets this year.

The White House Office of Management and Budget will conduct a review of the figures – which media reports suggest will attempt to thread the needle between competing agriculture and energy sector interests – and return the proposal to EPA, which will release it publicly.

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Farm and biofuel groups are pushing for 15 billion gallons of ethanol in the targets and an increase to the 2.43-billion-gallon biomass-based diesel goal set in recent RVOs.

Under the law, the requirements are to be released annually by the end of November. The proposals are typically released earlier in the year and are subject to public comment.

For more news, go to www.Agri-Pulse.com .

Jenny Schlecht is the director of ag content for Agweek and serves as editor of Agweek, Sugarbeet Grower and BeanGrower. She lives on a farm and ranch near Medina, North Dakota, with her husband and two daughters. You can reach her at jschlecht@agweek.com or 701-595-0425.
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