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S. 218: A bill to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations, to require the consideration of certain advanced biofuel pathways, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 4, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 218

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 4, 2021

(for himself and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To approve certain advanced biofuel registrations, to require the consideration of certain advanced biofuel pathways, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for other purposes.

1.

Approval of advanced biofuel registrations

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Application

The term application means an application for registration under section 80.1450 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on February 4, 2021)—

(A)

that was submitted for approval before February 4, 2021;

(B)

for which not less than 180 days have elapsed since the date on which application was submitted for approval; and

(C)

that has not been denied by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (referred to in this Act as the Administrator) before February 4, 2021.

(2)

Transportation fuel

The term transportation fuel has the meaning given the term in section 211(o)(1) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(1)).

(b)

Action on applications

(1)

In general

For the purposes of carrying out the Renewable Fuel Program under section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545(o)) (referred to in this Act as the Renewable Fuel Program), an application shall be considered approved if not less than 1 State has approved the sale of fuel produced using the processes described in the application under a program designed to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.

(2)

Final action on certain applications

For the purposes of carrying out the Renewable Fuel Program, in a case in which no State has approved the sale of fuel produced using the processes described in the application under a program designed to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuel, not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall take final action on the application.

2.

Requirement for action on pending advanced biofuel pathways

For purposes of carrying out the Renewable Fuel Program, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall take final action on a petition for a renewable fuel pathway under section 80.1416 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on February 4, 2021), if—

(1)

the petition was submitted for approval and deemed complete in accordance with section 80.1416 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on February 4, 2021), before February 4, 2021; and

(2)

not less than 180 days have elapsed since the date on which the petition was submitted for approval and deemed complete in accordance with section 80.1416 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on February 4, 2021).

3.

Funding

(a)

In general

Out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Administrator to carry out this Act $2,000,000, to remain available until expended.

(b)

Receipt and acceptance

The Administrator shall be entitled to receive, shall accept, and shall use to carry out this Act the funds transferred under subsection (a), without further appropriation.