FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Biodiesel Board thanks the bipartisan group of 32 Representatives who today urged President Donald Trump to direct his Environmental Protection Agency to reject "gap" small refinery exemptions. The letter expresses concern that the "gap" petitions undermine a U.S. Court of Appeals decision, Congress' intent for the Renewable Fuel Standard, and EPA's legal obligation to consider exemptions in a timely manner.
Kurt Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs, states, "EPA must immediately reject these petitions for small refinery exemptions going back nearly a decade. The sole purpose of the petitions is to challenge the authority of the 10th Circuit Court's decision and sow uncertainty about the RFS program. EPA's continued delay in rejecting these petitions will only exacerbate the economic challenges facing biodiesel and renewable diesel producers as well as soybean farmers during the national economic emergency."
NBB thanks Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) as leaders of the Biofuel Caucus letter.
A copy of the full letter and a list of signers is available here.
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 and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.
For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.