The EPA has sent its proposed Renewable Fuels Standard Volume Obligation Rule to a White House office for review. The EPA sent the proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which could take up to 90 days to review. Several groups responded, including the National Biodiesel Board, stating the board was “pleased to see the process moving forward and hope the final rule will show that this Administration is standing behind our national goals for clean, domestic fuels that strengthen our economy and national security.” Growth Energy CEO Tom Bius said that “While OMB has up to 90 days to review this rule, what is most important is the content of the final rule.” The content has yet to be made public and the timeline for releasing it remains unclear.
The EPA stated the organization has received more than 340,000 comments on the proposal. In a statement released Friday, the EPA said “Biofuels are an important part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy, helping to curb our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon pollution, and drive innovation.” EPA will issue a final rule-making after the inter-agency review process has been completed.