Sen. Boxer Encourages EPA Action on RFS to Support Biodiesel

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calf.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Administrator Gina McCarthy encouraging the implementation of a strong federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for biodiesel.

She added, “Unfortunately, the agency’s original 2014 proposal would have set levels far below that of the biodiesel industry’s production capability, and the delays in promulgating final rules have harmed the investment expected to flow into both biodiesel and other advanced biofuels industries. Indeed, biodiesel producers in California have seen significant impacts caused by the original proposal and current delays.”In the letter, Sen. Boxer stated, “Despite the biodiesel industry’s continued growth, the agency has not yet set the 2014 RFS volumes and it has indicated it will not do so until later this year. In addition, the 2015 standard for biodiesel has been delayed for over one year, and the 2016 standard should have been set at the end of 2014.”

Sen. Boxer concluded, “Under the RFS, biodiesel volumes can be promulgated independently of the other fuel categories. I urge the agency to issue the 2014 biodiesel volume levels in a manner consistent with actual industry production levels and to ensure that the agency move toward meeting the statutorily prescribed schedule for setting Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO).”

To read the entire letter, please click here.

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