EPA seeks RFS waiver comments

By Kris Bevill | May 09, 2008
Web exclusive posted May 16, 2008 at 1:40 p.m. CST

The U.S. EPA is seeking comments on the Texas petition to reduce the renewable fuels standard (RFS) in the state of Texas by 50 percent. Gov. Rick Perry made a request in an April 25 letter to the EPA to halve the amount of ethanol requirements for fuel due to higher corn prices.

The RFS was established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Volume levels were increased in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The 2005 energy law included a provision allowing the EPA Administrator to grant a full or partial waiver of renewable fuel standards if implementation would severely harm the economy or environment of a state, region or country, or if it is determined that there is an inadequate supply of domestic renewable fuel.

The EPA will accept comments until June 16. According to policy, the agency must decide on a waiver request within 90 days of receiving it.

To view the waiver request and Federal Register notice seeking comment, visit http://www.epa.gov/otaq/renewablefuels/index.htm.