EPA Expands Renewable Fuels Scope With New Definition

Law360, New York (October 21, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave its controversial renewable fuels standard more flexibility, adding heating oils derived from biomass to the list of fuels that count toward federal volume requirements.

The final rule scheduled for publication in Tuesday's Federal Register expands the scope of the program by amending the definition of heating oil and adding so-called “fuel oils” from qualifying renewable substances that warm houses, office buildings and other residential and workplace facilities.

The new definition still qualifies as a reasonable interpretation of the...
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