US: EPA finalises RFS volume requirement

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalised the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by Congress.

The final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the US fuel supply (a 9.74% blend). This standard specifically requires: Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.13%), Advanced biofuels (2.75 billion gallons; 1.62%), Cellulosic biofuels (6.00 million gallons; 0.004%).

National Chicken Council (NCC) President Mike Brown released the following statement in response to the announcement:

“The National Chicken Council appreciates that EPA has finally recognised the reality of the situation and is willing to consider adjustments to the 2014 volume requirements of the RFS to address the fact that we simply cannot blend more and more ethanol into less and less gasoline.

“This is a band-aid approach, however, to a problem that needs a long-term, sustainable solution. Chicken producers, and all end users of corn, can’t rely upon the administration to make these adjustments on an annual basis.

“We need certainty in the market that only Congress can provide by repealing the conventional requirements of the RFS.”

World Poultry

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