The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to begin preliminary research on lifecycle impacts of the EPA’s renewable fuel standard.
Objectives are to determine whether the EPA: 1) complied with the reporting requirements of laws authorizing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS); and 2) updated the lifecycle analysis supporting the RFS with findings from the statutorily mandated National Academy of Sciences 2011 study on biofuels, the EPA’s 2011 Report to Congress on the Environmental Impacts of Biofuels, as well as any subsequent reports or relevant research on lifecycle impacts of biofuels. The Office of Inspector General plans to perform work within the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development.
Applicable generally accepted government auditing standards will be used in conducting the project. The anticipated benefits of this project are to ensure public health and the environment are protected by verifying the EPA is complying with reporting requirements, and is considering statutorily mandated studies when promulgating the RFS.