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.


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

NBB Thanks USDA for Biodiesel Infrastructure Grants

Apr 23, 2021, 9:07 AM
USDA program is helping expand consumer access to biodiesel and Bioheat®

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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