NBB Thanks USDA for Biodiesel Infrastructure Grants

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for providing 12 grants totaling $7.1 million to expand consumer access to low-carbon biodiesel. The
grants announced today are the first in FY21 to support biodiesel
infrastructure investments under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program and will support nearly 140 million gallons per year through projects from Hawaii to New Hampshire.

Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs, stated, “Earth Day is the perfect time for Secretary Vilsack and USDA to announce infrastructure investments that will increase consumer access to clean, low-carbon biodiesel and Bioheat® fuel.
Biodiesel reduces carbon on average by 74%, and it cuts particulate matter and other criteria pollutants in transportation and home heating.

“On behalf of NBB’s members, I want to thank USDA and Secretary Vilsack for including biodiesel in this program. We also thank Senators Amy Klobuchar and Joni Ernst and Representatives Cindy Axne, Rodney Davis, and Dusty Johnson for introducing bipartisan
legislation that would enable USDA to continue making these investments to decarbonize America’s fuel infrastructure while rebuilding economic opportunity and creating jobs.”

NBB congratulates the biodiesel companies and communities that received grants announced today:

Grant Recipient Community Grant Increase in biodiesel
PCH Truck Stop Center Inc. Long Beach, CA $475,000 676,401 gallons per year.
Sprague Operating Resources LLC Bridgeport, MA and Quincy, MA. $149,187 8,320,000 gallons per year.
Par Hawaii Refining LLC Hilo and Honolulu, HI $670,270 4,713,960 gallons per year.
Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC Keaau, Waikapu, and Honolulu, HI $114,000 5,268 gallons per year.
Village of Arlington Heights Arlington Heights, IL $37,500  
Owensboro Grain Company KY $417,000 3,900,000 gallons per year.
MFA Oil Company Sikeston and Palmyra, MO $135,000 16,642,500 gallons per year.
Townsend Oil Company Inc. Danvers, MA; Manchester, NH; and Somersworth, NH $300,000 8,161,903 gallons per year.
Westmore Fuel Company Inc. Port Chester, NY $227,000 5,081,926 gallons per year.
Northville Industries Corporation Holtsville, NY $757,983 38,535,222 gallons per year.
Global Companies LLC Albany, NY; Newburgh, NY; Providence, RI; Bridgeport, CT; and Revere, MA $3,806,637 51,260,490 gallons per year.
Mines Retail LLC Laredo, TX $30,000 2,535,088 gallons per year.

The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production
supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans.

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