NBB Urges EPA to End Demand Destruction for Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to “fully account for small refinery exemptions in the annual Renewable Fuel Standard rules and end the demand destruction for biodiesel.”

In a letter sent to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, NBB requests that EPA set the RFS biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020 at 2.8 billion gallons, consistent with the industry’s demonstrated ability to produce fuel.

“EPA must end the demand destruction for biodiesel – not as part of a deal to change the RFS rules; rather, as an integral part of the agency’s duty to ensure that the RFS volumes it sets are met,” NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik writes.

Kovarik says the EPA RFS Small Refinery Exemptions dashboard shows that between 2015 and 2017, demand destruction for biomass-based diesel totals more than 300 million gallons. “Independent analysis further substantiates the demand destruction for biodiesel and renewable diesel,” he adds.

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