FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Winters
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the National Biodiesel
Board (NBB) and 33 of its members sent a letter to President Trump asking that
he save small biodiesel producers harmed by his administration's small refinery
exemptions. The letter indicates that more than 200 million gallons of U.S.
biodiesel production capacity has been idled as a result of policy instability.
small refinery waiver issued by the Environmental Protection Agency has the
potential to put a U.S. biodiesel producer out of business," NBB writes in
the letter to President Trump. "We anticipate that additional facilities
will close over the next several months if you do not take quick action to
restore RFS volumes for biodiesel and renewable diesel."
letter highlights additional policy headwinds that are harming the biodiesel
industry, including the U.S. Department of Commerce's recent proposal to
virtually eliminate trade protections against heavily subsidized biodiesel
in the biodiesel market is the only way to keep domestic producers operating
and protect U.S. workers' jobs," the letter concludes.
Kovarik, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs, added, "It is important
for President Trump to keep his word and continue supporting the Renewable Fuel
Standard. We are asking the administration to, first, restore the RFS volumes
undercut by small refinery exemptions over the past several years and, second,
continue to provide growth for biodiesel and renewable diesel in the RFS
a copy of the letter.
from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil,
soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel
replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification.
It is the nation's first domestically produced, commercially available advanced
biofuel. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel
value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors,
as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry.
For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.