EPA opens comment period on 2014 RFS waiver petitions

By Erin Voegele | December 02, 2013

The U.S. EPA has published a notice of receipt of petitions for a waiver of the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60 day comment period. The EPA first published a preliminary version of the notice on Nov. 15, the same day the agency released the proposed rule for the 2014 RFS

In the notice, the EPA notes it has already received a number of petitions for a waiver of the 2014 RFS. The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers submitted a joint petition on Aug. 13, approximately three months before the EPA announced the proposed volumes for 2014. Several refining companies have also filed similar individual petitions.

Within the notice published in the Federal Register, the EPA invites public comments on all issues relevant to the petitions for a waiver that have been submitted. The EPA has also specified that public comments submitted in response to a separate, but related, Federal Register notice on the 2014 RFS proposal will be considered under both dockets.

Comments are due Jan. 28.