AFPM also files lawsuit against 2013 renewable fuel standard

11 October 2013 00:22 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the 2013 requirements of the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), just two days after the American Petroleum Institute (API) filed a similar lawsuit in the DC Circuit Court.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the RFS as a federal mandate that requires certain amounts of renewable fuels be blended into the US fuel supply. The 2013 rule was finalised in August.

The AFPM lawsuit echoed the API’s concerns that the 2013 requirement was issued months after the statutory deadline of November 2012.

Additionally, the AFPM said it has simultaneously petitioned the EPA to waive the cellulosic biofuel requirement of 6m gal (23m litres).

It urged the court to put an end to the EPA’s “retroactive application” of the RFS, which “confounds refiners’ ability to comply with the law”.

“AFPM has taken issue with EPA’s reliance on data that was not available for public comment and its use of a methodology for setting cellulosic biofuel requirements that is shrouded in secrecy and continues to overestimate the amount of cellulosic fuel that will be produced and available for compliance,” the trade organisation said.

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By Tracy Dang