IRFA Encourages Biofuels Supporters to Tell EPA to Increase Biodiesel Volumes
October 12, 2017
Contact: Cassidy Walter
Petition Also Pushes Back Against Rumored Cut to Corn Ethanol
JOHNSTON, IOWA – The EPA recently requested public comments on a proposal to lower the 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel levels. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is calling on all biofuels supporters to respond and has launched an online portal to make it easy to be heard.
“EPA should be increasing the proposed 2.1 billion-gallon biodiesel level, not seeking to cut it further,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “In 2016 the country used 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel. With biodiesel use on the rise year after year it is counter to the intent of the RFS for EPA to take a step backward. With many Iowa plants running below capacity, there is no doubt the U.S. biodiesel industry can easily rise to the challenge of higher volumes.”
Several news outlets have also reported that EPA is considering allowing exported gallons of ethanol to count toward the 15 billion-gallon RFS level for ethanol. This would result in more than a one billion-gallon drop in domestic ethanol use. IRFA’s petition urges EPA to drop this illegal notion and to incentivize domestic blending for U.S. ethanol.
Renewable fuels champions wishing to sign a petition supporting Iowa biofuels can go to iowarfa.org/dont-cut-rfs. The comment period closes on October 19th.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually – including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 350 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.