API Challenges Renewable-Fuel Standard in Court

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 22: A biodiesel pump is seen at Dogpatch Biofuels on March 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. According to a report by San Francisco based nonprofit group Next 10, California continues to be the nation's leader in venture capital funding for green technology, green tech patents and the growth in clean power generation, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions despite a growth in population. (National Journal)

The American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable-fuel standard for 2013, calling it unrealistic.

The suit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the group announced in a press release. "The 2013 mandates are an example of why EPA can't be relied upon to implement the RFS effectively and in the interest of consumers," said Harry Ng, API vice president and general counsel.

API contends the standards were issued late and and require more ethanol than the marketplace can provide.