By Erin Voegele, Biodiesel Magazine.
The U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget April 15. The proposed rule contains 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for renewable fuel, advanced biofuel and cellulosic biofuel. It also contains the 2018 RVO for biomass-based diesel. The 2017 standard for biomass-based diesel was finalized in a previous RFS rulemaking.
OMB review marks a final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register and opened for public comment.
Delivery of the proposed rule to the OMB seems to indicate the EPA is on track to finalize the final rule for 2017 RVOs in line with the Nov. 30 statutory deadline. In February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified during a congressional hearing that the agency has taken steps to improve implementation of the RFS intends to keep on track with future RFS rulemakings.