Barrasso asks EPA to meet statutory RFS reporting requirements

By Erin Voegele | December 06, 2017

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is asking the U.S. EPA to complete studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard on air, water and land quality. On Dec. 1, Barrasso sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlining his request. 

In the letter, Barrasso asks that the agency fulfill its obligation to complete studies assessing the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard, as outlined under certain sections of the Clean Air Act and energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The letter states that section 211(v) of the CAA requires the EPA to study whether the RFS “will adversely impact air quality.” The letter indicates that study was to be complete by May 19, 2009. “To date, EPA has never completed that study,” Barrasso said in his letter. “Under section 204 of EISA, EPA was required to report to congress on the RFS’ impacts to the environment and resource conservation every three years. To date, EPA has issued only one report—in December 2011.”

Barrasso’s letter cites an Aug. 18, 2016 report issued by the EPA’s Inspector General that called on EPA to complete these studies. In response, the EPA said it would finish the report under Section 204 of EISA by Dec. 31, 2017 and the study under Section 211(v) of the CAA by Sept. 30, 2024. Barrasso asks the agency to adhere to its timeline for the EISA Section 204 report, and calls the EPA’s completion date for the CAA Section 211(v) report “unacceptable.” He asks that the agency complete that report by no later than Sept. 30, 2018.

A full copy of the letter is available on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works website.