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EPA to retain current definition of 'renewable fuel'.

EPA to retain current definition of 'renewable fuel': The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected petitions submitted by four environmental groups that called on the agency to reconsider its definition of fuels that meet the renewable fuel standard.

Congress in 2007 expanded the renewable fuel standard to require that the nation's motor fuel supply include 36 billion gallons of ethanol or other renewable fuel by 2022. However, the law specified that for the fuel to qualify as renewable it must reduce lifetime greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent compared with emissions from gasoline. EPA implemented these requirements in a final rule issued in March 2010.

In response, the four groups--Clean Air Task Force, Friends of the Earth, National Wildlife Federation and World Wildlife Fund--said EPA failed to require that producers verify that the crops and crop residues used to produce renewable fuel complied with applicable land-use restrictions. In addition, the Clean Air Task Force said the agency did not properly consider whether the increased use of biofuels in the U.S. could reduce the global price of oil and thus increase the use of petroleum-based fuels elsewhere.
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Title Annotation:NEWS & COMMENT
Publication:The Food & Fiber Letter
Date:Mar 28, 2011
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