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Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard; Extension of Comment Period

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Notice; extension of comment period regarding letters seeking a waiver of the renewable fuel standard.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing an extension of the public comment period associated with the Notice entitled “Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard” that was published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2012. EPA has received several requests for an extension of the comment period and, in response, has decided to allow an additional fifteen days, to October 11, 2012, for the submission of public comment.


Comments. Written comments must be received on or before October 11, 2012.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0632, by one of the following methods:

  • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
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Dallas Burkholder, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, 2565 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: (734) 214-4766; fax number: (734) 214-4050; email address:


Background: In a Federal Register Notice dated August 30, 2012 (77 FR 52715), EPA provided notice of its receipt of requests for a waiver of required volumes of renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) program, and invited public comment on those requests. As more fully described in the August 30, 2012 Notice, Governors of several States have submitted separate requests for an RFS waiver. Section 211(o)(7)(A) of the Clean Air Act allows the Administrator of the EPA to waive the national volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard program in whole or in part if implementation of those requirements would severely harm the economy or environment of a State, a region, or the United States, or if the Administrator determines that there is inadequate domestic supply of renewable fuel.

Extension of Comment Period: EPA received requests for an extension of the comment period from various parties. After considering these comments, EPA has determined that an extension of the comment period would appropriately provide the public additional time to provide meaningful comment on the Renewable Fuel Standard waiver requests. Any such extension, however, must be balanced against the need to make a timely decision with respect to the waiver requests. EPA believes that an additional 15 days is an appropriate amount of time to balance these needs. Accordingly, the public comment period on the RFS waiver requests is extended to October 11, 2012. EPA does not currently anticipate that it will provide any further extension of the comment period.

Dated: September 10, 2012.

Gina McCarthy,

Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation.

[FR Doc. 2012-22969 Filed 9-17-12; 8:45 am]