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Is EPA Listening on the RFS, 'Blend Wall'?

blend wall  epa regulation  renewable fuel standard  ethanol  refineries 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 14, 2013

Interesting analysis from Reuters, citing a leaked EPA document in which the agency indicates it may significantly reduce its biofuels mandate for 2014. The same document acknowledges that the refining “blend wall” is an “important reality,” according to Reuters. If accurate, the report suggests EPA is starting to hear what the oil and natural gas industry and a host of other voices have been saying about the flawed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Proposed Tier 3 Rule: Unnecessary, Unjustified

Refining  epa regulation  fuels 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 11, 2013

EPA’s proposal to require additional reduction of sulfur levels in gasoline could mean $10 billion in capital costs for U.S. refiners and annual compliance costs of $2.4 billion, according to a Baker & O’Brien study – potentially resulting in an increase of between 6 cents and 9 cents per gallon in the cost of making gasoline. Going from sulfur levels of 30 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm – after Tier II reduced content from 300 ppm to 30 ppm – would produce negligible improvements in air quality, according to an ENVIRON study.

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RINs Problem Requires a Solution

epa  regulation  renewable fuels standard  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 27, 2012

The problem of fraudulent biodiesel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) – used to demonstrate compliance with federal mandates – continues

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