The National Biodiesel Board has renewed its efforts to get Congress to renew the $1-a-gallon federal biodiesel tax incentive that expired at the end of 2009. In this latest move, the NBB has sent a letter to Congressional Leadership urging Congress to take immediate action to retroactively reinstate the incentive and was joined by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America; NATSO; Society of Independent Gas Marketers of America; New England Fuel Institute; American Soybean Association; National Farmers Union; and American Farm Bureau Federation:
“The lapse of the biodiesel tax incentive has harmed the domestic biodiesel industry and placed 23,000 jobs in immediate jeopardy. If extension of this effective incentive continues to languish, we risk losing the significant job creation, energy security and environmental benefits associated with the domestic production and use of biodiesel,” stated Manning Feraci, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs.
NBB officials say the lack of the tax incentive has caused a severe retraction in the domestic production and use of biodiesel.