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RFS back on track for implementation ACE reiterates priority to hold oil companies accountable for E15 and flex fuels

Sioux Falls, SD (April 10, 2015) –Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), released the following statement in response to an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that, under a court settlement with oil companies, the Agency will propose the 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations by June 1, 2015, and issue the final 2014 and 2015 RFS blending targets by November 30, 2015. 

While not part of the court settlement, EPA also announced it will propose the 2016 RFS renewable volume obligations by June 1, 2015 and finalize the 2016 standard by November 30 – the same time as it finalizes the 2014 and 2015 standards.  EPA indicated the 2014 volumes will “reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014.”

“ACE has consistently said it is much more important for EPA to get the RFS done right than it is for them to get the RFS done quickly, and that bears repeating given today’s announcement that the RFS will be getting back on track for implementation,” said Jennings.

“Last year Big Oil came close to bullying EPA to completely re-write the RFS so they could escape their legal responsibility to blend E15 and flex fuels into gasoline.  But thanks to comments from ACE members and other biofuel supporters, EPA wisely chose to abandon their proposal to set the 2014 RFS on the E10 blend wall.  It appears EPA is going to get the RFS back on track for implementation.  Our priority will continue to be to ensure EPA holds oil companies legally responsible under the RFS for making cleaner and less expensive fuel choices, such as E15 and E85, available to consumers.”

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