NBB asks US EPA to reconsider RFS2 rule regarding 2008 RINs

By | May 19, 2010
On April 27, the NBB filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the U.S. EPA formally asking the agency to reverse its initial position that allows an unlimited number of unused 2008 biodiesel renewable identification number (RIN) credits generated under RFS1 to be used to meet the combined 2009-'10 biomass-based diesel volume obligation provided for under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and EPA's final RFS2 regulations.

On March 5, the NBB sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson outlining the industry's position that the use of 2008 biodiesel RINs to meet the combined 2009-'10 biomass-based diesel volume requirement should be limited to 20 percent of the 500 million gallon volume requirement provided for by statute. NBB's position, expressed in comments submitted to EPA, is that the carry-forward of unused RINs should not be permitted. The 20 percent carry-forward is the amount allowed under both RFS1 and RFS2 regulations.

On March 12, EPA posted a question and answer (Q&A) document that allows an unlimited number of 2008 biodiesel RINs to be carried forward to comply with the combined 2009-'10 RFS2 biomass-based diesel requirement. This interpretation is inconsistent with statute and runs contrary to the intent of Congress to provide specific annual volume requirements for biomass-based diesel. The Petition for Reconsideration filed by the NBB on April 27 formally seeks a reversal of the EPA's incorrect position on this specific issue.

NBB's March 5 letter to EPA Administrator Jackson; the EPA's March 12 Q&A document; and the NBB's April 27 Petition for Reconsideration can be viewed in their entirety on the Members Only section of the NBB Web site.
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