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Contributing to the sharp increase were several decisions by the EPA this year to allow certain states to forego the new standard in the wake of environmental tragedies, most notably flooding across the Midwest and Mississippi basin.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual overall renewable fuel volume targets, reaching a level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, the EPA must calculate a percentage-based standard by November 30 for the following year. Based on the standard, each refiner, importer and non-oxygenate blender of gasoline determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in motor vehicle fuel. The 2008 standard was 7.76 percent, equating to roughly 9 billion gallons.
The EPA said it is separately developing a proposed rule to implement other RFS program changes and analyses mandated by EISA.