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NBB Applauds President's Decision to Reject "Gap" SRE Petitions

Sep 14, 2020, 1:36 PM
NBB thanks President Trump, EPA Administrator Wheeler for making good on promise to support the RFS

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Biodiesel Board today applauded President Trump's and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's decision to deny 54 of the 68 pending "gap" small refinery exemption petitions. This much-appreciated action will restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard and provide much-needed certainty for America's biodiesel producers and soybean farmers.

Kurt Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs, states, "On behalf of U.S biodiesel producers across the country, we welcome President Trump's and Administrator Wheeler's decision to deny many of the so-called gap-filling exemption petitions. The decision to deny these absurd petitions filed by refiners simply to skirt their obligations under the law is the right call. I am hopeful EPA will continue to apply this standard to the remaining gap exemptions and to future petitions. We look forward to working with the administration to restore growth in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry and ensure that RFS volumes for biomass-based diesel are met.

"I would especially like to express the industry’s gratitude to Congressional leaders such as Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), as well as to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and many others who have effectively made the case for a lawful resolution of these gap exemption petitions."

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

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