Boustany responds to EPA’s release of Renewable Fuel Standard numbers

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) last week blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume mandate numbers for the years 2014-2016.

Under the terms of the Clean Air Act legislation, the EPA is mandated to establish an annual volume requirement for all biofuels. The EPA failed to comply last year, and was subsequently taken to court. The long-delayed proposed volume requirements under the RFS program, which were released Friday, eventually reduce the overall levels of biofuels blended into conventional fuel, but still include increases over the next few years.

The RFS, written under legislation nearly a decade old and before the U.S. energy boom, has grown less popular each year as its mandated target levels have become difficult to meet with domestic oil-and-gas production levels flourishing.

“The EPA is charging full speed ahead on setting mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard that are detached from reality,”  Boustany, whose constituents in South Louisiana depend on the efficiency of the fuel refinery industry, said. “Under these new rules, refiners will pay more, passing on costs to job creators and imposing a new burden on family budgets. Congress must act to rein in the out-of-control EPA or risk ceding this ground entirely to the Obama administration’s environmental agenda.”

Boustany continues to urge energy committees in both chambers to find a new policy solution that makes sense for Louisiana refiners, families and small businesses. House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have each promised to acknowledge this issue as they draft upcoming energy legislation.