the National Biodiesel Board delivered a letter to EPA Administrator Michael
Regan, renewing a request made in May 2021 to meet and discuss the findings of
a new study, "Assessment of Health Benefits from Using Biodiesel as a
Transportation Fuel." The study from Trinity Consultants quantifies at a
community level the public health benefits and resulting economic savings of
using higher blends of biodiesel. The findings complement those of a new EPA report, "Climate Change and Social
Vulnerability in the United States," that details the unequal impacts of
carbon and associated emissions on socially disadvantaged communities.
believe that our industry's goals are consistent with your agency's plans to
address carbon and focus on environmental health," writes Kurt Kovarik,
NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs. "Replacing petroleum with drop-in
alternatives like biodiesel and renewable diesel immediately reduces carbon.
Additionally, biodiesel and renewable diesel reduce particulate matter and
hydrocarbon emissions that contribute to cancer, lung, and heart disease
Trinity Consultants study provides insight on one potential solution to the
challenge EPA identifies in its new report. EPA's report first identifies U.S.
areas projected to experience the highest impacts of climate change, including
air quality impacts on asthma rates and premature deaths. It then estimates the
likelihood that socially vulnerable populations live in these areas.
Trinity Consultants study shows that switching from petroleum to 100% biodiesel
in transportation could annually bring the communities studied fewer asthma
attacks and other lung problems, lost workdays and premature deaths as well as
reductions in cancer risks.
new report highlights an important issue but does not go further to discuss
solutions," Kovarik adds. "We would like an opportunity to show
Administrator Regan how biodiesel and renewable diesel can support EPA's goals
to address climate change and environmental justice issues."
copy of NBB’s letter is available for download.
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.
from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil,
soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner
fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without
modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire
biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock
suppliers, and fuel distributors.