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EPA Considers Raising Ethanol Blending Mandates

Biden administration may raise ethanol blending mandates above the figure it proposed in December


The Biden administration is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above the figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels, reports Reuters.

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed that refiners blend 13.32 billion gallons of ethanol into the fuel pool, a move that angered Farm Belt lawmakers and biofuel producers who said it was too low.

Recent federal figures, however, show U.S. consumption of ethanol at about 13.94 billion gallons. The administration is now considering lifting the 2021 mandate to around that level.

Sources told Reuters a final decision has not been made. Neither the White House nor the EPA have commented.

The EPA, which administers the RFS, is expected to release a final rule on biofuel blending mandates by Friday.

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