A bipartisan group of 36 senators are urging the EPA to increase the proposed volumes set for biodiesel production under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The senators, led by Chuck Grassley of Iowa, among others, wrote to the EPA expressing concern the current RFS proposal fails to recognize the domestic biodiesel industry’s production capacity. The senators noted that the EPA’s prior delays in setting biodiesel volumes led to uncertainty and hardship for U.S. biodiesel producers and thousands of their employees, causing reduced production and even shutdowns, leading to layoffs and lost economic productivity. The EPA’s proposed volumes for 2014 through 2017 are expected to become final by November 30th. The public comment period on the current proposal closes July 27th.
Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is one of the 36 members signing the letter.
Source: NAFB News Service