AFPM Updates Public Statement on Request to Waive 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate

Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:28pm EST

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WASHINGTON,  Jan. 11, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Fuel &
Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) today issued an update to its  December 31,
2012  news release on the association's petition to the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to waive the 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate due to the biofuel
industry's repeated failure to produce the cellulosic biofuel needed to meet the
government mandate.    

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On  January 9, 2012, EPA announced the applicable volumetric requirements for
various renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) and established
the 2012 regulatory requirement for cellulosic biofuel at 10.45 million
ethanol-equivalent gallons. In announcing the petition, AFPM relied upon EPA's
most recent data reported through October 2012.  Available information indicated
just 20,069 gallons of cellulosic biofuel actually produced, all of which was
exported generating no Renewable Identification numbers (RINS), or credits for
refiners to use to comply with the federal biofuel mandate. Citing the lack of
domestic supply, AFPM President  Charles T. Drevna  called EPA's timeline for
introducing cellulosic biofuel into the fuel supply market as "ambitious" and
"unrealistic."         

Earlier today, EPA updated its data and announced that in  November 2012  the
biofuel industry produced an additional 1,741 ethanol equivalent gallons of
cellulosic diesel fuel. In response to this news, Drevna issued the following
statement:  "I stand corrected. November's data reporting that the biofuel
industry produced 1,741 ethanol equivalent gallons of cellulosic diesel shows
excellent progress toward complying with the EPA's 2012 mandate of 10.45 million
ethanol equivalent gallons of cellulosic biofuel. Six thousand additional months
at this production level and the country will finally achieve EPA's 2012
mandated volumes," Drevna said.   

About AFPM  
AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly known as NPRA,
the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) is a trade association
representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S.
supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well
as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in
daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and
growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen
economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.

SOURCE  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers


Rebecca Adler, +1-202-552-8485; Diana Cronan, +1-202-552-4362; AFPM
Communications, media@afpm.org
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