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US advanced biofuel industry urge EPA to stand by RFS committment

In a joint letter, leading advocates for the US advanced liquid and gasified biofuels urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand by the President’s commitment to driving investment in the next generation of homegrown fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council (ABC) seen here speaking at the UK AD & Biogas event in July 2016.

Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council (ABC) one of the signatories.

Addressed to Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the EPA, the letter was signed by leaders of the American Biogas Council (ABC), Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), and Coalition for Renewable National Gas. They urged Pruitt to reverse course on a proposal that would undercut “the next American manufacturing wave” by “looking backwards” in setting 2018 goals and issuing waiver credits that suppress demand for cellulosic fuels.

The leaders noted that the RFS is a “proven tool” for promoting growth. And notwithstanding volatile global oil prices and RFS policy uncertainty, the “United States remains poised to lead the world in the development and commercial deployment of the most innovative fuels in the world. These cutting-edge projects are being developed in many of the same rural areas that produce clean, American-made biofuels today.”

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