The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) missed a deadline to announce how much renewable fuel refiners had to blend into their fuel mixtures next year.
The EPA must finalise its decision on the annual biofuel blending volume requirements it imposes on the refining industry for the next year by the end of November, Reuters reported.
“At this point, it likely makes more sense to let the new administration handle the 2021 RVO (Renewable Volume Obligations) rulemaking process entirely,” said Geoff Cooper, the president of the Renewable Fuels Association, one of the nation’s biggest biofuel industry groups.
Growth Energy said it intended to file a lawsuit to force the Trump administration’s EPA to act “immediately”.
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, a top refinery industry association, said it hoped the EPA will “soon provide certainty” to its members.
Under the US Renewable Fuel Standard, refiners must blend billions of gallons of ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel pool, or buy credits from those that do - a policy that has created a huge market for bioethanol.
While the Trump administration has mainly hit its deadlines for setting specific biofuel volumes mandates under the RFS, the process this year has been complicated by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
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