EPA doubles down on non-existent biofuel mandate despite court ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it would be increasing the mandated amount of cellulosic biofuels refineries must purchase in 2013 to 14 million gallons, despite a court ruling that the agency exceeded its authority in requiring refiners to purchase virtually non-existent fuel.

“We are disturbed that EPA is mandating 14 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol when zero gallons are available for compliance as of today,” said Charles Drevna, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, in a statement.

Federal judges ruled that the EPA’s mandate for refiners to purchase credits for 8.65 million of gallons of cellulosic biofuel was flawed as virtually none of the biofuel is commercially available.


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