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Biodiesel Board Criticizes EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes
USAgNet - 07/09/2019

The National Biodiesel Board criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) and 2021 Biomass-based Diesel Volume, saying it undermines market growth for biodiesel and renewable diesel. The agency's proposed advanced biofuel volume of 5.04 billion gallons provides no additional market growth for biomass-based diesel.

Similarly, the proposal to set the 2021 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons -- the same as the 2020 volume -- flatlines growth for the industry.

"EPA's proposed rule would turn the RFS program on its head. It is likely to reduce America's use of cleaner, lower-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel for transportation over the next several years, encouraging more petroleum use," said Kurt Kovarik, NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs. "The proposal sends a chilling signal to America's biodiesel and renewable diesel producers of EPA's intent to limit market growth for cleaner fuels. EPA appears to have simply repeated the previous biomass-based diesel volume of 2.43 billion gallons for 2021 without analyzing our industry's ability to achieve higher volumes."

EPA's proposal could actually reduce market space for biodiesel and renewable diesel compared to this year, because it does not account for small refinery exemptions.

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