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Sensenbrenner Presses EPA for Requiring More Production of Nonexistent Biofuel


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the EPA's absurd implementation of cellulosic biofuel requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Under the RFS, the EPA is charged with mandating annual levels of cellulosic biofuels that refiners must use, based on projections of production. But the EPA keeps increasing the amount required while the amount actually commercially available remains at the same level: zero gallons. In 2011, the refiners paid $6.8 million in fines for failing to use a product that does not even exist commercially.

Sensenbrenner released this statement with the letter to Administrator Jackson:

"Congress tasked the EPA with basic arithmetic, but that seems too much to ask of an agency hell-bent on waging its own agenda. The EPA mandated 2 million more gallons than required last year. By EPA's own data, there were zero gallons available in 2010 and by all accounts, there are zero gallons available today.

"The EPA has mandated that refiners use a product that is not commercially available and fined them millions of dollars for failing to sell it. The Administration's fines will be passed on to consumers at the pump. The EPA needs to execute the RFS according to the law's requirements and realistic projections, not fantasy."

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