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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AS22 Publication ID: Fall 2014 
Title: Renewable Fuel 2015 Volume Standards 

In response to the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) which amended the Clean Air Act Section 211(o), EPA finalized the RFS2 Program regulations. The new provisions also require EPA to promulgate regulations that specify the annual statutory volume requirements for renewable fuels , including cellulosic , biofuel, bio-mass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that must be used in transportation fuel annually. In the case of the cellulosic biofuel standard, the act specifically requires that the standard be set based on the volume projected to be available during the following year. If the volumes are lower than those specified under the act, then EPA may also lower the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel standards each year accordingly. Further, the act requires the Administrator to promulgate rules establishing the applicable volumes of biomass-based diesel for 2013 and beyond and to do so no later than 14 months before the year for which such applicable volume would apply. The actions summarized here will propose and finalize the 2016 biomass based diesel (BBD) volume along with the 2015 standards. This regulatory action will establish, as required, the annual statutory volume requirements for the RFS2 fuel categories (cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and renewable fuel) that apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or imported in 2015 and set, at minimum, the 2016 requirement. Entities potentially affected by this rule are those involved with the production, distribution, and sale of transportation fuels, including gasoline and diesel fuel or renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 80.1401   
Legal Authority: Clean Air Act sec 211(o)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

EPA is developing this rule under the Congressional mandate in the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. 

Summary of the Legal Basis:

EPA is developing this rule under Clean Air Act Section 211(o). 


Alternatives are being developed as part of the forthcoming proposal.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

Cost and benefit information is being developed as part of the forthcoming proposal. 


The risks are those addressed by EISA -- i.e., energy insecurity and dependence on foreign sources.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2015 
Final Rule  08/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Energy Effects: Statement of Energy Effects planned as required by Executive Order 13211.  Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 324110 Petroleum Refineries; 325193 Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing; 325199 All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing; 424690 Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers; 424710 Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals; 424720 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (except Bulk Stations and Terminals); 454319 Other Fuel Dealers 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
David Korotney
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone:734 214-4507

Paul Argyropoulos
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 6401A,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-1123