FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Winters
WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, more than 70 National Biodiesel Board (NBB) members will fan out across the nation’s capital to meet with 130 Congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive and the Renewable Fuel Standard. The meetings are part of NBB’s annual member meeting and Washington, DC fly in, which begins this afternoon.
Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs, stated, “Biodiesel and renewable diesel are produced, distributed and used across the United States. The industry supports more than 60,000 jobs across multiple economic sectors. Gathering in Washington each year is important to our members so that they can meet as constituents with their Representatives and Senators. We are hosting a record 130 meetings this year to discuss the uncertainty our industry’s companies and workers along with farmers are facing, due to the biodiesel tax incentive’s lapse and the negative impact of small refinery exemptions on the Renewable Fuel Standard."
Among the 130 confirmed meetings, NBB members will visit the offices of House and Senate leaders, including Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN).
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 that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation's first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors, as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry.
For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.