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EPA/OAR RIN: 2060-AU28 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Modification of Statutory Volume Targets 
Abstract:

Under the statutory provisions governing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, EPA is required to modify, or "reset," the applicable annual volume targets specified in the statute for future years if waivers of those volumes in past years met certain specified thresholds. Those thresholds have been met. As a result, EPA is proposing a rulemaking that will propose modifying the applicable volumes targets for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for the years 2020 to 2022. 

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: Undetermined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7411, Clean Air Act   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    11/30/2019 

Statement of Need:

Prior waivers of sufficient magnitude and duration triggered a statutory requirement that all the statutory volume targets be modified for future years through 2022.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Under section 211(o)(7)(F) of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is given the authority to modify, or reset, the applicable volume targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for a given year. Prior waivers of sufficient magnitude and duration triggered a statutory requirement that all the statutory volume targets be modified for future years through 2022.

Alternatives:

In addition to the proposed volumes, we will also analyze and request comment on alternative reset volume options.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

As we have done in other rulemakings, we will compare the costs and impacts of the reset volumes we are proposing in this action to provide a means for evaluating their effectiveness in meeting the primary goals of the statute in establishing the RFS program.

Risks:

Environmental assessments are primarily addressed under another section of the CAA (section 204). EPA released an updated report to Congress on June 29, 2018. More information on this report can be found at: https://cfpub.epa.gov/si/si_public_record_Report.cfm?dirEntryId=341491

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
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 Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
David Korotney
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
N27,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone:734 214-4507
Email: korotney.david@epa.gov

Julia Burch
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0961
Email: burch.julia@epa.gov