• EPA Official Says Agency 'Anticipates' Releasing 2020 RVO by Nov. 30

  • EPA Official Says Agency 'Anticipates' Releasing 2020 RVO by Nov. 30

    CHICAGO -- EPA "anticipates" that it will release its final 2020 Renewable
    Volume Obligation (RVO) by the statutory Nov. 30 deadline, Dallas Burkholder
    with the agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality said Tuesday at the
    OPIS 11th annual RFS2, RINs and Biodiesel forum here.

    Burkholder's comment comes as the White House continues to work toward
    completing package of proposals designed to placate a biofuels industry angry
    over EPA's increased approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the
    Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    Sources familiar with the White House talks believe the administration will
    look to significantly boost next year's renewable fuel blending targets and
    could seek to add still more volume by restoring some of the gallons waived
    through prior-year SREs.

    Burkholder said that while EPA is still awaiting word from the administration,
    it does not have a set, "go, no-go" date by which it must receive a proposal in
    time to incorporate it into a final RVO.

    The agency, he said, has a range of "flexibilities" that would allow it to
    incorporate the proposal and still meet the Nov. 30 deadline, he said.

    --Jeff Barber, jbarber@opisnet.com

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