The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday announced that it will be issuing a Federal Register notice to open a 30-day public comment period on requests from the governors of Arkansas and North Carolina to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requirements.  The statute provides the agency with 90 days in which to make a decision.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 updated renewable fuel volume targets. Congress also gave EPA the authority to include provisions that allow the EPA Administrator to grant a full or partial waiver if implementation would severely harm the economy or environment of a state, region, or the entire country.

The Federal Register Notice is expected to publish on Monday, August, 27, 2012, at which time the 30-day comment period would begin.

The pre-publication notice can be accessed by clicking here.