Tuesday, May 26, 2009

EPA To Hold Public Hearing on Fuels Standard

The EPA will hold a public hearing at the Dupont Hotel in Washington, DC on June 9 to take comment on the changes in the Renewable Fuels Standards.

The proposed changes will require an increased blend of ethanol or other biofuels to reach 36 billion gallons in the US transportation fuel mix by 2022, including 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels, 4 billion gallons of advanced biofuels and 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel.

Advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, must also have lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% lower than conventional fuels, and conventional biofuels from new production facilities must have 20% lover lifecycle emissions. Both of those issues drew howls from the ethanol industry and its supporters. Information about the hearings and a copy of the proposal (

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