US biofuel groups ask to intervene in lawsuit on 2013 fuel mandate

04 November 2013 19:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Growth Energy are requesting to intervene in the latest legal challenge to the 2013 requirements of the national fuel volume mandate, the US biofuel groups announced on Monday.

Last month, Monroe Energy, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals, seeking a reduction in this year's volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS was created in 2005 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a volume mandate for the amount of bio-based fuels blended into petroleum-based ones. The 2013 rule was finalised in August.

In response to the oil industry's lawsuit, the biofuel groups filed a motion on Friday, seeking permission to intervene in support the 2013 final rule, which directly impacts the interests for their member companies.

“Moreover, a reduction in the volumetric requirement for any one type of renewable fuel under the RFS could affect the demand for other types of renewable fuels,” the biofuel groups said in the filing.

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