EPA Raises Biofuels Requirements for Gasoline, Diesel

The Environmental Protection Agency has moderately raised the amount of biofuels like corn ethanol that must be blended into gasoline and diesel fuel through 2016.

The final volume requirements unveiled Monday for the Renewable Fuel Standard – a program generally supported by corn growers and environmentalists yet scorned by fossil fuels producers and refiners, as well as some restaurant associations – are higher than the EPA proposed in June, mandating that more than 18 billion gallons of biofuels overall be blended into the fuel supply for 2016. However, they fall short of the 22.25 billion gallons envisioned by Congress in 2007.


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