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US EPA close to releasing 2019-20 biofuel mandate volumes

Washington — The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its proposalfor how much biofuel refiners must blend into the US transportation fuelsupply next year, a spokeswoman said Friday.

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The policy will include 2019 blending requirements for ethanol andadvanced biofuels and 2020 requirements for biodiesel.

"The interagency review process is expected to wrap up next week, whichwould put the proposed 2019 RVOs rule on track for publication soonthereafter," the spokeswoman said, referring to required volume obligations."This schedule keeps EPA on track to meet the November 30 statutory deadline."

EPA sent its proposal to the White House in mid-May, according to Officeof Management and Budget records. The notice did not contain any details fromthe proposal.

The Renewable Fuel Standard requires refiners and importers to blend19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuel into the US transportation fuel supplyin 2018, including an implied 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol. Theconventional level is unchanged from 2017.

EPA set the 2019 biodiesel requirement at 2.1 billion gallons, unchangedfrom the 2018 requirement and up slightly from 2 billion gallons for 2017.

The total 2018 renewable fuel volume represents 10.67% of the UStransportation fuel pool.

EPA publicly released its 2018 proposal last July and met the law'sdeadline for setting final volumes by November 30.

--Meghan Gordon,

--Edited by Alisdair Bowles,