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Grassley frustrated with EPA’s 2026-2028 RVO timing

The U.S. EPA has announced it expects to finalize biofuel blending volumes for 2026-2028 late next year.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he’s frustrated with the agency’s delayed action as biofuel producers were anticipating final RVOs this November. “It’s ridiculous to lose a whole 18 months to get RVOs,” he said. “We know that they are real short now, and you’re going to extend that same policy for another 18 months? Just think about how irresponsible that is on the part of EPA.”

According to the Biden administration’s Spring 2024 Unified Agenda of Regulatory Actions released last Friday, the EPA will tentatively plan to release its proposed RVOs for 2026 and beyond in March with a final rule in December 2025.

Speaking with ag reporters Tuesday, Grassley said the EPA’s timing could negatively impact biodiesel and renewable diesel producers. “I think it’s going to lead to more plants being shut down, more unemployment, and more harm to soybean prices.”

Earlier this year, Chevron Renewable Energy Group shut down two Midwestern biodiesel plants citing poor market conditions resulting from weak biodiesel volumes under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

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