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RFS Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Quality Assurance Program

a.k.a. RFS - Fraudulent RINs

RIN: 2060-AR72 (What's this?)

Docket No.: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0621 (What's this?)

Current Phase: Proposal (What's this?)

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program regulations finalized in 2007 (RFS1) and 2010 (RFS2) were developed in collaboration with refiners, renewable fuel producers, and many other stakeholders. The RFS compliance program is based on the use of unique renewable identification numbers (RINs) assigned to batches of renewable fuel by renewable fuel producers and importers.

These RINs can then be sold or traded, and used by any obligated party to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standard. The production, transfer, and use of invalid RINs has resulted in violations for parties that were not aware that the RINs were invalid. The rule will propose a voluntary mechanism for ensuring that RINs have been appropriately generated.

NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review12/13/2012
NPRM: Received by OMB12/15/2012
NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded01/30/2013
NPRM: Published in FR02/21/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Open02/21/2013
NPRM: Public Meeting03/19/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Closed04/18/2013
Final Rule: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review02/25/2014
Final Rule: Received by OMB02/25/2014
Final Rule: Published in FR07/2014 (projected)

Potential Effects

Of the potential effects described in Reg DaRRT, none are anticipated at this time.

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  • NPRM - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
  • Final Rule - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
Citations & Authorities

Federal Register Citations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
40 CFR Part 80

Legal Authority
Clean Air Act 211(k)


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