US biofuel groups defend EPA's cellulosic ethanol mandate

04 September 2012 23:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Seven biofuel groups sought on Tuesday to defend US cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements, which are being challenged in court by the oil industry.

The groups filed a brief in the American Petroleum Institute (API) court case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s 2012 cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). 

The RFA said the groups were defending the EPA's ability to set cellulosic and advance biofuels targets that are based on market data and seek to spur development, as consistent with the RFS as passed by Congress. 

The groups include the Advanced Biofuels Association, the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), the American Coalition for Ethanol, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

In the brief, the groups argued that for the 2012 cellulosic biofuel requirement, the EPA reasonably based its analysis on data provided by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and on information from individual facilities.

The RFA also said the brief supports the EPA's determination to retain the overall advanced biofuels mandate as well within its discretion. 

The case will be considered by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

By: Brian Balboa
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