The Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Christopher Grundler, made public comments recently stating that he expects EPA to issue the final rule setting the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes by midnight on June 20, 2014. The final rule is much anticipated among industry stakeholders. The biofuels industry generally has urged EPA to revisit the proposed reductions to the advanced and corn ethanol 2014 RFS volumes, while RFS opponents, including generally the oil and gas and livestock industries, have been supportive of EPA's proposed 2014 RFS reductions. The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™) recently reported on the comments EPA has received on its proposed 2014 RFS rule. A copy of that report is available online.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to discuss the upcoming RFS rule during a visit to North Dakota on February 28, 2014.