Policy

July 17, 2018

Biodiesel helps push California GHG emissions below 1990 levels

BY Erin Voegele The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state's greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin Voegele The July 12 letter was a response to a bipartisan inquiry several senators sent EPA in April requesting the agency to stop issuing small refinery waivers and disclose to Congress information on the waivers that have already been granted. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Add'l tariffs rile soy growers as US-China trade war escalates

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association expressed extreme disappointment July 11 in Robert Lighthizer's announcement that an additional $200 billion in tariffs will be imposed on Chinese goods.The action worsens the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of US EPA

BY Erin Voegele On July 5, President Donald Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes US EPA's triennial report

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the RFS program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act. Biofuel representatives criticized the report. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

US Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, mandatory energy title funding

BY Erin Voegele On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Proposed RFS growth sends hopeful signal to biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The EPA proposed RVOs for the biomass-based diesel category would increase from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The advanced biofuel category would also increase from 4.29 billion in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Producers, marketers unify in support of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board A diverse group of associations sent a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit to encourage investment and job creation while providing environmental benefits. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

Largest US biodiesel producer testifies before House subcommittee

BY The National Biodiesel Board REG CEO Randy Howard, on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board, delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment at a hearing on the current status and future prospects of advanced biofuels under the RFS. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

House Democrats demand answers from EPA on RFS, biofuel waivers

BY Erin Voegele On June 20, 12 Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin Voegele On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. Various bioindustries respond to the outcome. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

French farmers unite in solidarity ahead of June 10 protests

BY Ron KotrbaThe French Federation of Oilseeds and Protein Producers is giving France's largest farmers' union, FNSEA, its complete support in planned blockades at strategic sites June 10 to protest policies and actions that jeopardize French crops and farmers. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

NJ producer pleads guilty to releasing wastewater into sound

BY U.S. Department of Justice An Elizabeth, New Jersey, biodiesel producer—Fuel Bio One LLC—pleaded guilty to discharging more than 45,000 gallons of wastewater from its commercial plant into the Arthur Kill, a narrow waterway that separates New Jersey from Staten Island. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Trump rejects deal allowing exported biofuel RINs for compliance

BY Erin Voegele Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst announced June 5 President Trump has rejected a deal on the RFS that would have implemented year-round E15 availability, but also allowed RINs attached to exported biofuel volumes to be used for RFS compliance. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Community Fuels offers ADF-compliant, NOx-neutral biodiesel

BY Community Fuels Community Fuels is the first biodiesel marketer within California to offer NOx-neutral biodiesel using the new Best Corp. BC-EC1c additive. Community Fuels intends to provide NOx-neutral biodiesel for all B99 loaded at its Port of Stockton terminal. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Biodiesel producers implore President Trump to keep his promises

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a letter to President Trump, biodiesel producers, advocates and agriculture leaders implore that biodiesel not be ignored in the Trump administration's efforts to navigate differences between petroleum refiners and the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Midwest Trump voters losing faith in his commitment to biofuels

BY The National Biodiesel Board New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states—Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri—are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Fly-in, Member Meeting Gathers Industry in DC

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board will be hosting its annual summer membership meeting and fly-in June 25-27 in Washington, D.C., to focus on association business and critical federal policy initiatives. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

Opinion: Our Own Infinity Wars: Trade, Tariffs, Tax and Waivers

BY Grant Kimberley In the face of relentless attacks on biodiesel, we are not alone. Like the Avengers, the biodiesel industry has assembled a powerful group of mighty heroes to defend against its adversaries. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

Opinion: Whirlwind of Uncertainty in Washington Damaging, but Not New

BY Donnell Rehagan In a column from the Spring 2018 Edition of Biodiesel Magazine, NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses how the three-legged policy stool biodiesel stands on—the RFS, trade and tax—has seen real challenges and successes since the calendar last turned over. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

US EPA delivers proposed 2019 RFS volumes to White House OMB

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

RIN cap declared dead, export scheme resurfaces at RFS meeting

BY Ron KotrbaThe latest in a series of politicized, high-level meetings on RFS took place at the White House where Ted Cruz's scheme to cap prices on RINs has finally fallen flat, but talk of exported gallons qualifying for domestic obligations resurfaced. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Iowa legislature renews biofuels infrastructure program funding

BY Ron KotrbaIowa's legislature voted to fund the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program another year. Senate File 2414, which includes $3 million for RFIP out of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund for 2019, is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

ABFA challenges EPA's RFS small refinery exemptions in court

BY Erin Voegele The Advanced Biofuels Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA's process for granting exemptions from compliance under RFS to small refineries. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Biofuels key to success of Canada's emerging Clean Fuel Standard

BY RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada A new study demonstrates that biofuels could be responsible for as much as 21.3 megatons per year of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, approximately 70 percent of the 30-megaton target set by the Canadian government's Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Pruitt grilled on Capitol Hill while Cruz 'sideshow' held on lawn

BY Ron KotrbaThe debate in Washington, D.C., over RFS was in full force April 26 as U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled at a House committee hearing on his issuance of waivers while Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with refinery and steel workers on the lawn. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

RFS architects Dorgan, Talent call on Congress to do more

BY The National Biodiesel Board On April 25, former Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, and Jim Talent, R-Missouri, who played key roles in developing the RFS, called for Congress to investigate the EPA's recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Calif. man to serve 51 months in prison for renewable fuel fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Jacob Cha of California was sentenced to more than four years in prison for his part in the Gen-X Energy Group conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in a RIN and tax credit scheme. After his prison term, Cha will be on court-supervised release. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

New FSMA compliance program launched for biodiesel producers

BY Ron KotrbaA new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for which are quickly approaching. The cost range is $3,000 to $6,000. READ MORE