Smith responds to EPA’s final Renewable Fuel Standard rule

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) responded on Tuesday to the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule that sets specific renewable fuel volumes for 2014-2016.

A total of 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuels would be blended into the fuel supply by 2016 under the final rule, which would be an increase from the EPA’s proposed rule but lower than the target required by current law.

The so-called “blend wall” of 10 percent ethanol would also be broken by the final rule. To date, the blend wall has been widely accepted as the upper limit to the amount of ethanol that can safely be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply while still allowing engine performance and compliance with the Clean Air Act.

“Federal mandates are the wrong approach to fuel innovation,” Smith said. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has increased costs for consumers and increased emissions. But instead of working with Congress to reform the RFS, the Obama administration has chosen to double down on another unworkable mandate.”

Two hearings on the RFS were held by the Science Committee this year. Several witnesses at the hearings said that the RFS would increase both fuel costs and emissions.

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