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.
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.
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.”
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.
For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.