EPA denies RFS waiver

By | September 16, 2008
The National Biodiesel Board appreciates the U.S. EPA taking a careful approach to a Texas waiver request and agreeing that it should be denied. The EPA denied the request to cut the renewable fuels standard (RFS) by 50 percent for ethanol.

It is important to note that all renewable fuels qualify for the current RFS. In fact, if the RFS is waived or reduced in 2008, then the growth of all biofuels, including "advanced biofuels" such as biodiesel, would be severely hindered.

Beyond the environmental and energy security benefits provided by biofuels, the opportunity for green jobs and the continued economic development of biodiesel refineries in Texas were obviously important considerations for the EPA. Now, the state's goal of bringing biofuels, jobs and energy independence to Texas and the nation can continue on a path to success.
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