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EPA Finalizes Extension to Renewable Volume Obligation Compliance

Action extends RVO compliance for small refineries

Fuel ethanol pump VIA PIXABAY Feb 2021

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a finalized extension to the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) compliance deadlines for 2019, 2020, 2021, and for 2022.

The 2019 RVO compliance deadline for small refineries was originally set for November 30, 2021, and the 2020 RVO compliance deadline for all obligated parties was previously set for January 31, 2022.

With Friday's action, EPA is finalizing rolling compliance deadlines based on publication of the final RVOs for 2020-2022.

“Delaying compliance deadlines is completely contradictory to efforts to lower rising gas prices and increase the use of cleaner, lower-carbon fuels,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor in a statement.

“By continuing to delay compliance deadlines, EPA is creating uncertainty in the marketplace and stunting the blending of biofuel needed to decarbonize transportation as the Renewable Fuel Standard intended.

“Moving ahead, it is vital for EPA to get the RFS back on track. EPA can start by making needed changes to its proposed cuts to the 2020 RVOs and low volumes for 2021," Skor continued.

"Importantly, EPA needs to swiftly finalize the proposed volumes for 2022. Administrator Regan has emphasized time and time again the need for transparency and certainty when it comes to the RFS. Ensuring timely compliance and finalizing strong biofuel blends can help Administrator Regan follow through on these promises and provide much needed certainty for biofuel producers.”


On November 18, EPA announced a proposal to extend the RVO compliance deadlines for 2019, 2020, 2021, and for 2022. In December 2021, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance date extension proposal.

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