Biodiesel producers take RFS advocacy to Congress

By The National Biodiesel Board | June 17, 2015

Nearly 120 biodiesel producers and other industry leaders are visiting Washington this week calling on lawmakers to push for a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) as the U.S. EPA finalizes a long-awaited rule.

The industry leaders represent businesses in some 30 states supporting thousands of jobs from California to Iowa to Florida.

“We want to show Congress that the RFS is working and that thousands of jobs are at stake in this pending EPA rule,” said Anne Steckel, National Biodiesel Board vice president of federal affairs. “We want lawmakers to see first-hand how these issues are playing out in their states and districts. The RFS is not some political football. It’s a successful policy that’s driving innovation, creating jobs and building competition in the fuels markets.”

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an advanced biofuel—meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. 

The EPA recently released its draft RFS proposal that provides modest growth for biodiesel over several years. The proposal would increase the biomass-based diesel sector of the RFS by about 100 million gallons per year to 1.9 billion gallons in 2017.

“The proposal is a step in the right direction, and we appreciate the administration’s efforts to strengthen and grow the RFS,” Steckel said. “However, there is plenty of room for improvement before it is finalized in November. We intend to make sure policy makers in Washington understand biodiesel’s full potential to help grow the economy and strengthen our energy security while sharply reducing pollution.”

NBB is the U.S. trade association for the biodiesel industry. 

 

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