AFPM Files Comments on EPA's Unworkable RFS

Apr 08, 2013, 14:04 ET from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers


WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed formal comments detailing the problems and harmful consequences caused by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Despite the fact that the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) provides EPA tools to adjust the volumes of renewable fuels in response to market conditions and amid an environment of declining gasoline demand, the Agency has refused to utilize flexibility provided under the law to reduce the amount of ethanol that will be mandated under the RFS and continues to set cellulosic biofuel standards that are divorced from reality.

"I have long asserted that the RFS is broken and is harmful to countless parties, but nothing has been done to address the problems it has created," said AFPM President Charles T. Drevna. "What is needed today is a rational and objective approach to deal with the consequences of the RFS, instead of the biased decisions that have marked this failed policy since its inception."

AFPM pointed out the severe economic harm that would result from a mandate to blend ethanol in amounts exceeding 10 percent of the gasoline supply.  Independent studies have confirmed that mid-level ethanol blends will damage existing gasoline engines and fuel delivery infrastructure.  AFPM called upon EPA to utilize its existing authority to waive the RFS requirements in the face of these technological realities.

Read the full comments here.

About AFPM
AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.

SOURCE American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers