Biofuels industry stakeholders call on EPA to remove RFS regulatory barriers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, member companies and organizations from the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), the Coalition to Address Removal of Regulatory Impediments (CARRI), and others with interest in deploying sustainable fuels sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum to urge the Agency to finalize provisions in the proposed Regulatory Enhancement Growth Support (REGS) rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain advanced biofuels.
In particular, the letter requests that EPA move quickly to:
- a) allow the production, transfer, and use of biointermediates in renewable fuel production to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs);
- b) allow co-processing pathways to generate cellulosic D3 and D7 RINs; and
- c) approve mass balance and other alternative, standardized, industry-compatible test methods under the existing regulations to accurately account for the quantity of RINs generated by renewable fuel produced through co-processing.
“Finalizing this language will create the opportunity for American companies to generate significant quantities of cellulosic fuels, including renewable jet fuel,” said ABFA President Michael McAdams. “This language has broad support and has already gone through the required notice and comment period, and I urge EPA to act without further delay. The scale and diversity of this letter’s signatories demonstrates the support of a broad array of American industries, from producers of both the feedstocks and the renewable fuels, to commercial consumers looking to use more sustainable fuels. They are all eagerly anticipating taking advantage of the opportunities these reforms will make possible.”
Signatories on the letter include: Airlines for America, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Aerospace Industries Association, BP, Shell, Honeywell, Attis Industries, Oberon Fuels, Neste, Gevo, Velocys, Sappi, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Ensyn, and Red Rock Biofuels.