EPA announces 2009 RFS

By | January 12, 2009
The U.S. EPA has announced that the 2009 renewable fuels standard (RFS) will be set at 10.21 percent, ensuring that at least 11.1 billion gallons of renewable fuels will be blended into transportation gasoline this year. The announcement was made during the interim period between the EPA's enactment of the RFS in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and its proposed rulemaking for the RFS in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (RFS2), which may contain calculations pertaining to indirect land use. Six U.S. senators recently submitted a letter to the EPA recommending that it move forward with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for RFS2 without the inclusion of indirect land use considerations, citing they are based on "incomplete science and inaccurate assumptions."