Senators urge EPA to boost biodiesel volumes

A bipartisan group of 36 Senators is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the proposed volumes it will set for biodiesel production under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Senators said, “While the proposal is a positive step for biodiesel, we remain concerned that the proposed biodiesel volumes for 2016 and 2017 fail to adequately recognize the domestic biodiesel industry’s production capacity and its ability to increase production. Biodiesel is the first EPA-designated advanced biofuel under the RFS to reach commercial scale production nationwide. It is exceeding the goals that Congress envisioned when it created the RFS with bipartisan support in 2005, while creating jobs, generating tax revenues, reducing pollution and improving energy security. We urge you to support continued growth in the domestic biodiesel industry by making reasonable and sustainable increases in the biodiesel volumes for 2016 and 2017 in the final rule.”

The Senate letter was led by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

The public comment period on the EPA’s proposed RFS rule closed on July 27. The EPA is expected make its final rule on volumes for 2014-17 by Nov. 30.

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