Leading Biofuel Groups Oppose Delay Requested by Petroleum Industry in 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, DC — Growth Energy, The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) yesterday filed a joint response in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in opposition to the American Petroleum Institute’s and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers’ motion to sever and hold in abeyance their challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard. The motion was filed with the Court on Friday April 11, 2014. The case is Monroe Energy, LLC v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, No. 13-1265, which was argued before the Court on Monday April 7, 2014.

BIO, Growth Energy and RFA represent a broad spectrum of biofuel producers, advanced biofuel technology developers, and energy crop developers, all of whom depend on stable implementation of the RFS. The groups intervened in the case on behalf of EPA.

The groups explained in their response to the motion yesterday, “Respondent-Intervenors Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and Renewable Fuels Association oppose the motion to sever API and AFPM’s petitions and place them in abeyance. The petitions have been fully briefed, responded to, and argued. No purpose is served by pulling API and AFPM’s petitions back a week after argument, to hold them indefinitely and consolidate them with hypothetical later-filed petitions.”

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