NBB Says Supplemental RFS Proposal Not What Was Promised

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 Contact: Paul Winters
 202-737-8801
pwinters@biodiesel.org

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Biodiesel
Board (NBB) said it is skeptical the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed
supplemental rule will ensure that 2020 and future biomass-based diesel volume
obligations are fully met. The supplemental notice contains a
never-before-discussed proposal to estimate small refinery exemptions for 2020,
with no assurance that the estimate will come close to actual future
exemptions. The biodiesel industry does not believe the proposal meets
President Donald Trump’s October 4 promise to American farmers and biodiesel
producers.

Kurt
Kovarik, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs, added, “The notice that
EPA issued today is significantly different from the agreement that biofuel
industry champions negotiated with President Trump just two weeks ago, which
was to estimate future exempted RFS volumes based on the average of actual
volumes exempted over the past three years. EPA is proposing a brand-new method
for making the estimate – one that was never previously proposed or discussed
and significantly undercounts past exemptions.

“Once
again, EPA is sending a signal to the biofuel industry that the volumes it sets
in annual rules can’t be trusted. The proposed estimates lack transparency and
undercut the President’s commitment to ensure that biomass-based diesel volumes
are fully met. The biodiesel industry will work diligently with all appropriate
federal agencies to ensure that the final rule scrupulously fulfills President
Trump’s promise to soybean farmers and biodiesel producers.”

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.

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