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Advocacy groups send letter urging President Trump to maintain strong commitment to biofuels

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent “consideration of drastic, unprecedented changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard” would undermine the future growth of the biofuels industry, eleven biofuel advocacy groups wrote to the US President Donald Trump. In the letter dated October 3, the groups urged the President to ensure the administration remains firm in its commitment to the US biofuels industry.

On September 26, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA), seeking comment on potential options for reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes beyond those already proposed in EPA’s recent 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) proposed rule.

In July, EPA proposed to reduce the total 2018 RFS renewable fuel blending requirements below the levels required in 2017 and late last month, the agency said it was considering further reductions to the 2018 RFS volumes. This is in addition to “rumours” that EPA is considering a proposal in which US biofuel export volumes would count towards compliance with the RFS.

In a joint letter dated October 3, eleven biofuel advocacy groups have urged the President to ensure the administration remains firm in its commitment to the US biofuels industry saying that the EPA’s recent “consideration of drastic, unprecedented changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard” would undermine the future growth of the biofuels industry.

Signed by Advanced Biofuels Business Council, American Biogas Council (ABC), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Biotechnology Innovation Organisation (BIO), Growth Energy, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Board (NBB), National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the eleven represent stakeholders across the US renewable fuels value chain.

“If the proposed changes are finalized, EPA’s actions would cause severe harm to our industry, undermining your efforts to drive economic growth and secure America’s status as the global leader in biofuel production. We urge you to act quickly to continue to grow the RFS….” the groups wrote.

The groups clarified that they oppose any weakening of the 15 billion gallon conventional biofuel requirement, believe the proposed reduction of the 2018 advanced biofuel requirement is unwarranted and the current treatment of imports and exports under the RFS should be maintained.

President Trump has been a strong and consistent supporter of fuel ethanol generally and the RFS specifically. However, recent proposals by EPA appear to run counter to the president’s renewable energy vision. We want to ensure a strong RFS is maintained, providing consumers with the cleanest, lowest cost and highest octane fuel on the planet, said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen

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