Description: Challenge to denial of petition to set criteria for renewable fuels.
National Wildlife Federation v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/18/2011 Complaint Complaint filed. An environmental nonprofit sued EPA following the agency’s denial of its petition to reconsider a rule that sets criteria for renewable fuels. The lawsuit alleged that the rule violates a provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) that is meant to protect native grasslands from being converted into feedstocks for biofuel production. The nonprofit and other environmental groups petitioned EPA’s March 2010 rule that sets criteria for determining which biofuels meet the renewable fuels standard, arguing that the rule failed to require producers to verify that crops and crop residues used to produce renewable fuel complied with applicable land-use restrictions.