Supporters and critics of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) are presenting their final arguments as the Obama Administration nears a decision on the final renewable volume obligations for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Both sides have been writing letters to Administration officials and running advertisements in the D.C. area, hoping to influence the final outcome.
Meanwhile, EPA official Ron Carleton—counselor to the EPA administrator for agricultural policy—tells Brownfield that the agency has worked diligently to find the right balance in those numbers.
“Our RFS team at EPA has been combing through that, reviewing the comments and the new data, to try to craft numbers that promote growth in renewable fuels—while having numbers that are also attainable and reasonable as well,” says Carleton.
Many analysts predict the final numbers will fall somewhere between what the original RFS called for and those proposed earlier this year by the EPA.
“Even if you just look at the proposed numbers, it does show growth in the renewable fuels that would be blended over time with gasoline and others,” says Carleton. “We think it is aggressive growth and we think it fulfills the intent of Congress in terms of promoting renewable fuels.”
The final numbers are currently being reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget. It’s the final step in the review process and indicates the Administration is on track to meet the November 30th deadline for finalizing the rule.
The audio can be accessed here: http://brownfieldagnews.com/2015/11/16/epa-official-discusses-upcoming-rfs-announcement/