March 2013

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Biofuel mandate vacated; agency responds by increasing mandate 60%

In late January, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit vacated the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, concluding that its forecast was in ..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late January, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit vacated the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, concluding that its forecast was in “excess of the agency’s statutory authority.” “The court’s decision provides welcome relief and puts the EPA on notice that it must act as a neutral arbiter rather than a promoter of cellulosic fuel,” said American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers President Charles T. Drevna. “Instead of facing the reality of zero cellulosic biofuel production under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), the EPA wrongly relied upon an inflated production capacity predicted by cel

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