Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

The Environmental Protection Agency's delays in setting the 2021 Renewable Fuel Standard obligations create uncertainty for the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. While the agency provided compliance flexibility to oil refineries, it created addtional uncertainty for biofuel producers by indicating to reporters that it would retroactively slash RFS volumes for both 2020 and 2021.

Please contact your Representative and Senators and update them on the situation through this form. As the 117th Congress considers legislative options to address environmental and economic issues, this is an opportunity to let lawmakers know that support for the RFS helps biodiesel and renewable diesel producers.

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As our members and industry supporters communicate with Washington policy makers, the media, and the public, NBB provides the resources to the right and works with them to amplify these points:

  • EPA knows that RFS deadlines are important to all program stakeholders. Biodiesel and renewable diesel producers particularly rely on market signals from annual rules.
  • The missed deadlines create additional uncertainty for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, who have set goals for continued growth through 2030.
  • EPA destroyed demand for hundreds of millions of gallons of biodiesel over the past several years by abusing small refinery exemptions. EPA has many options to repair the damage to the biodiesel industry and is required to do so.
  • Each small refinery exemption can eliminate demand for an entire biodiesel facility’s annual production. A “small” oil refinery can produce up to 3 million gallons of fuel per day. Its annual RFS obligation would include 20 million gallons of biodiesel, the amount some small plants produce in a year.
  • A U.S. Court of Appeals decision from January 2020 limited EPA’s authority to grant small refinery exemptions. EPA should immediately apply the court’s ruling to all pending and future exemptions.
  • EPA also ignored a 2017 U.S. Court of Appeals order to reconsider a waiver of 500 million gallons of renewable fuel. It is long past time for the agency to address the shortfall.

 


Focus on RFS News




STATEMENT: Soybean, biodiesel groups ask Perdue to champion RFS exemption reform during Iowa visit

Sep 3, 2020, 4:16 PM
Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Biodiesel Board are imploring nation’s top ag official and administration to end the ever-widening hole in the Renewable Fuel Standard

(ANKENY, Iowa) – U.S. Department of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is visiting agricultural communities in Iowa today ravaged by the Aug. 10 derecho. During his time in a state that leads the nation in biofuels production, the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Biodiesel Board are imploring nation’s top ag official and administration to end the ever-widening hole in the Renewable Fuel Standard by ending the EPA’s granting of illegal waivers to petrochemical companies. They issued the following statement:

Tim Bardole, Iowa Soybean Association President and farmer from Rippey, Iowa:
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been a trusted partner to Iowa’s soybean farmers through trade disruptions, catastrophic weather and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s imperative to lean in and join farmers in pressing the administration to hold the EPA accountable for upholding the Renewable Fuels Standard by ending illegal waivers to petrochemical companies.

“Sec. Perdue has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Iowa farmers. The USDA’s cost-sharing grants to build out biodiesel infrastructure and help the industry grow has benefited farmers, rural communities and the environment. This support for Iowa’s soybean farmers and biodiesel producers stands in stark contrast to the Environmental Protection Agency, which is creating another emergency for the economic well-being of agriculture.

“EPA’s consideration of granting another 98 refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard is wrong and couldn’t come at a worse time. Such action would multiply the damage to Iowa’s biodiesel industry and soybean complex at a time it can least afford it. The RFS accounts for 13 percent of the market value of a bushel of soybeans – or nearly $1.15. That’s an economic return Iowa’s farmers can’t afford to lose. We ask Sec. Perdue to join President Trump in speaking with EPA. Urge the agency to end its delay of the 2021 RFS rules and close the gaping hole in the statute it has created through small refinery exemptions.”

Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board:
“We greatly appreciate USDA’s broad support for biofuels like biodiesel, including recent cost-sharing grants to build out biodiesel infrastructure and help the industry grow. But we are deeply frustrated that President Trump’s USDA supports Iowa’s farmers and biodiesel producers with one hand, while his EPA directly undercuts that support with the other.

“The flood of small refinery exemptions EPA has let loose during the last three years has destroyed demand for more than half-a-billion gallons of biodiesel. That is equal to more than a year’s worth of Iowa’s biodiesel production. One of Iowa’s biodiesel producers was forced to shut its doors a year ago, due to the small refinery exemptions, and others cut back production.

“On August 18, President Trump made a commitment to Iowans that he would speak to EPA about the exemptions. USDA plays a vital role in the RFS program and Secretary Perdue has been a strong champion of it. On behalf of Iowa’s biodiesel producers, in the nation’s top state for biodiesel production, we ask that he join President Trump in speaking with EPA, urging the agency to end its delay of the 2021 RFS rules and close the ever-widening hole in the statute it has created through small refinery exemptions.”

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, such as soybean oil. The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry. For more information on biodiesel, visit IowaBiodiesel.org.

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