EPA extends RFS2 comment period

By Kris Bevill | June 03, 2009
Report posted July 2, 2009, at 4:14 p.m. CST

In response to several requests presented to the U.S. EPA, the agency has decided to extend the comment period by 60 days on its proposed rule for the implementation of the second stage of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2). The comment period, originally scheduled to end July 27, will now end on Sept. 25.

According to the EPA, several requests to extend the RFS2 public comment period were received by the agency. Requests for extensions ranged from 60 days to 120 days. The EPA determined that an extension of 60 days would allow adequate time for the public to provide meaningful comment on the proposal and will also allow the agency the time it needs to implement new standards in a timely manner. The agency doesn't anticipate any further extensions of the comment period.

The EPA also received one request to not extend the comment period and to continue with the schedule as proposed.

The proposed RFS2 rule addresses life-cycle greenhouse gas modeling, changes to the current RFS and determines what types of renewable fuels would qualify for compliance with the standard. The proposal was released May 5; the public commentary period began May 26. (See "EPA issues proposed rule for RFS2" for more information.) By July 2, over 1,200 comments on the proposal had been submitted to the EPA.

More information on the proposal and as well as instructions on submitting comments can be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/renewablefuels/index.htm.