Continued RFS advocacy needed as decision nears
With less than two months until U.S. EPA is expected to release final renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), it is extremely important that all biodiesel stakeholders continue aggressively advocating for a higher biomass-based diesel standard.
The administration has proposed a standard of just 1.28 billion gallons—a sharp reduction from 2013 biodiesel production of nearly 1.8 billion gallons. Such a cut would shock the industry and threaten the survival of many biodiesel companies.
The National Biodiesel Board continues to advocate for a higher volume consistent with 2013 production levels, or at least 1.7 billion gallons. NBB has held numerous meetings with EPA and administration officials, ensuring they have access to up-to-date industry data and research. Although these meetings have been productive throughout the rulemaking process, we have seen no firm evidence thus far that the administration intends to increase the biodiesel volume in its final decision.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said the agency plans to finalize the rule in June. It is important to act quickly to share the individual, personal stories that this proposal will have with a reduced biodiesel volume. While the administration has seen the economic analysis and data from NBB, it is important that they hear from individuals the very real, negative impacts it will have on your companies. Individuals can share their story by writing a letter to the editor or op-ed to the local newspaper, or by seeking media coverage from local media outlets. The economy and jobs in local communities are very important and anything that negatively impacts those will be newsworthy to local media. Be sure to tell your individual story, why the biodiesel industry is important, and how this rule will negatively impact your business and your community.
Biodiesel supporters should also reach out to their members of Congress to remind them how important the RFS is and how much it affects your businesses.
NBB urges you to get engaged. The future growth of the industry depends on it.