Policy

August 22, 2019

Perdue memo shows efforts to regain farmer trust post SRE debacle

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba An email memo dated Aug. 20 from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue obtained by Biodiesel Magazine outlines several actions federal officials are considering in response to backlash over the U.S. EPA’s Aug. 9 approval of 31 small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

American GreenFuels slows production at New Haven facility

BY American GreenFuels LLC New England’s largest biodiesel producer announced a 50 percent reduction in production for Q4, citing market conditions attributed to uncertainty resulting from congressional inaction on the biodiesel tax credit and EPA’s gutting of the RFS. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Rep. Axne requests investigation into EPA’s misuse of RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Acting Inspector General Charles Sheenhan Aug. 21 requesting investigation into the agency’s questionable decision-making and misuse of its small refinery exemption authority to benefit Big Oil. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Biodiesel, soybean leaders ask Trump for meeting on RFS waivers

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen and American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens requested a meeting Aug. 21 with President Donald Trump to discuss small refinery exemptions and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Reynolds, Naig urge EPA to honor Trump’s promise to US farmers

BY Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter Aug. 21 to U.S. EPA Secretary Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SREs) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

RFS waivers by Trump’s EPA push World Energy to close 3 plants

BY World Energy World Energy is closing three biodiesel plants in Georgia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania as a direct result of the Aug. 9 decision by Trump’s EPA to grant 31 new small refinery waivers from the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard to oil companies. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Petroleum companies ramp up HVO production in Europe

BY UFOP Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil in the EU has picked up pace since 2012. The key reason is the iLUC regulation introduced in 2015 permits biofuels from waste to be counted double. Also, pressure on feedstock prices has increased globally. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

The EPA continues to undermine biodiesel … and we’ve had enough

BY Donnell Rehagen Trump vowed to protect and defend American farmers. He calls them patriots. But his actions will put the biodiesel producers those same farmers depend on for their market, out of business. It’s having a devastating impact on rural communities. READ MORE

August 10, 2019

Biodiesel industry condemns EPA’s grant of 31 new RFS exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board condemned the U.S. EPA’s granting of 31 retroactive small refinery exemptions for 2018 as a fundamental failure to uphold the RFS. The Trump administration’s actions represent a fundamental betrayal, according to the NBB. READ MORE