Proposed Rule ‘Is Misguided and Is a Major Step Backward’
The U.S. EPA’s proposed rule changing its RFS/Renewable Fuel Standards “is misguided and is a major step backward,” DuPont said after DuPont Industrial Biosciences grain processing business manager Brenda Heffelfinger testified last week at an agency hearing in Kansas City, Kans.
“Since the RFS was first enacted, the United States has quickly risen to lead the world in biofuels technology and execution,” DuPont says. “That leadership is now hanging in the balance, dependent upon the actions of the EPA to correctly administer this policy.
“Make no mistake, investments in additional cellulosic ethanol capacity and plants in the United States are absolutely dependent on the EPA fulfilling its obligations to the existing biofuels industry,” the company said. “RFS policy certainty is a prerequisite for the existing industry to expand and invest in cellulosic ethanol capacity and new plants.
‘Abandon this Proposed Rule’
“DuPont plans to license the next wave of biofuels technology, cellulosic, here in the United States and around the world. However, the most promising announcements, negotiations and conversations are all happening outside the United States. As long as the EPA continues to undermine existing domestic biofuels capacity, this will continue, creating a scenario where the benefits of U.S. innovation and technological advances are realized overseas.
“The proposed RFS rule fails to meet the RFS objectives to improve energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote domestic economies. The best course of action is for the EPA to abandon this proposed rule, go back to the drawing board and issue a new proposal based on the directive that Congress provided when the RFS was passed – a directive that supported American ingenuity, production and leadership in an innovative industry.”
EPA is taking public input and comment on its RFS proposal until July 27 (F&F, June 2).
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Source: DuPont with Fleets & Fuels follow-up