Leading Biofuel Groups Oppose Delay Requested by Petroleum Industry in 2013 RFS Case

April 17, 2014

Leading Biofuel Groups Oppose Delay Requested by Petroleum Industry in 2013 RFS Case

(April 17, 2014) WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Growth Energy 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.

RFA, BIO and Growth Energy 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.”

 

About the Renewable Fuels Association
The Renewable Fuels Association is the leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. Its mission is to advance the development, production, and use of ethanol fuel by strengthening America’s ethanol industry and raising awareness about the benefits of renewable fuels. RFA’s members are working to help America become cleaner, safer, more energy independent and economically secure. For more information, visit www.EthanolRFA.org.

About BIO
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtechNOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.”

About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at GrowthEnergy.org.

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BIO press contact: Paul Winters at (202) 962-9237 or pwinters@bio.org.
Growth Energy press contact: Michael Frohlich at (202) 545-4000 or mfrohlich@growthenergy.org.