FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Winters
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, nearly 100 National Biodiesel Board (NBB) members gathered in the nation's capital to meet with 88 Congressional offices and discuss the status of the biodiesel tax incentive. The meetings are part of NBB's fall member meeting in Washington, DC.
Kurt Kovarik, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs, stated, "Biodiesel and renewable diesel has a sizeable economic impact across the United States. The industry supports more than 65,000 jobs across multiple economic sectors, with more than $17 billion in annual economic activity.
"The uncertainty that biodiesel producers and workers along with farmers are facing, due to the biodiesel tax incentive's lapse, is having a tremendous negative effect. Since the start of the year, 10 biodiesel producers have closed or cut production, laying off workers. NBB is hosting these meetings to thank our Congressional champions and work with them to urge Congressional leaders to renew the biodiesel tax incentive before the end of the year."
Among the confirmed meetings, NBB members met with 19 Senators and Representatives from 27 states and the District of Columbia. They are visiting with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). NBB members also are meeting with Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA).
Photo courtesy: Greg Gibson Photography
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.