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Sensenbrenner calls for reversal of EPA's new renewable fuel standards

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says the EPA's new renewable fuel standards requirements should be "immediately reversed."

But the Wisconsin BioFuels Association says the agency's announcement yesterday is a "step in the right direction."

The rules dictate the amount of renewable fuels and biofuels that need to be included in the nation's fuel supply. They stem from a 2007 federal law that requires the EPA to set a yearly renewable fuel standard, or RFS.

The EPA had originally sought a lower requirement when it proposed its standards earlier this year, but the finalized rules announced yesterday mark an increase from that proposal.

The EPA had earlier called for setting those requirements at 16.3 billion gallons of renewable fuel this year and 17.4 billion gallons next year. Now, those required volumes will be at 16.93 billion gallons in 2015 and 18.11 billion gallons in 2016.

Those volumes, however, are significantly lower than what Congress had set when it approved the requirements in 2007 -- standards that the EPA has said aren't realistic. Those standards would require 22.25 billion gallons of total renewable fuel in 2016, a number that would increase to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

Erik Huschitt, the WBFA president, said the group is glad the EPA's final rule is "significantly closer to compliance" with the 2007 law. Yet he noted the agency is "still not meeting the statutory amount set by Congress."

"Big Oil's dominance of our nation's retail marketplace would deny consumers market access to cleaner-burning, renewable fuel," he said. "The RFS helps ensure ethanol isn't cut from the marketplace."

But Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, said the EPA's action is a "slap in the face to the millions of Americans who don't want" ethanol in their gas.

"Increasing the ethanol mandate is a dangerous decision that will lead to misfueling, damaged engines, and more emissions and pollution," he said. "It is a giveaway to corn farmers and ethanol refiners that guarantees that Americans will be paying more to drive their cars, mow their lawns, and plow their driveways."

See the EPA announcement:
http://www2.epa.gov/renewable-fuel-standard-program/final-renewable-fuel-standards-2014-2015-and-2016-and-biomass-based

See the WBFA release:
http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=360772

See Sensenbrenner's release:
http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=360775


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