On May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment.

According to information posted to the OMB website, the proposal includes 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2109 RVO for biomass-based diesel.

The EPA’s regulatory development and retrospective review tracker shows the agency initiated development of the proposed rule in September 2016. A notice of proposed rulemaking is currently expected to be published in the Federal Register in June. 

RFS RVOs for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel are required to be finalized by Nov. 30 of the year prior to the year in which the standards would apply. RFS RVOs for biomass-based diesel must be set at least 14 months before the year in which the requirements would apply.  


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