AFPM Petitions EPA to Reconsider Denial of 2016 RFS Celluosic Biofuel Waiver

March 16, 2017
AFPM Petitions EPA to Reconsider Denial of 2016 RFS Cellulosic Biofuel Waiver

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Statement by American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President and CEO Chet Thompson on the petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its January 17, 2017 denial of the association’s petition for a supplemental waiver of the 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic biofuel standard.

AFPM’s original petition for reconsideration filed on December 28, 2016 was based on data from EPA’s Moderated Transaction System. The data clearly demonstrate that cellulosic biofuel production in 2016 was approximately 40 million gallons short of EPA’s mandated level of 230 million gallons.

“Requiring obligated parties with no control over cellulosic biofuel production to purchase credits to cover the short-fall caused by EPA’s unrealistic prediction amounts to an unjust phantom fuel tax. Should EPA deny our request to adjust the 2016 mandate, obligated parties will be penalized millions of dollars for fuels that the cellulosic biofuel industry failed to deliver.”