RFS delays continue … and continue … and continue

By The National Biodiesel Board | January 06, 2015

After waiting all year for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), biodiesel supporters got word in late November that the frustration would continue into the new year when the EPA announced that the standards wouldn’t be ready in 2014.

In announcing the additional delays, the agency said the proposed rule “generated a significant number of comments, particularly on the proposal’s ability to ensure continued progress toward achieving the law’s renewable fuel targets. Due to the delay in finalizing the standards for 2014, and given ongoing consideration of the issues presented by the commenters, the agency intends to take action on the 2014 standards rule in 2015.”

In a press statement, the agency added, “Looking forward, one of EPA’s objectives is to get back on the annual statutory timeline by addressing 2014, 2015 and 2016 standards in the next calendar year.” Additionally, the agency said the deadline for compliance with the 2013 standards will shift to 2015.

While it is encouraging that EPA has set a goal of getting back on track next year with three years’ worth of rules, the continued delays are incredibly disruptive to the biodiesel industry. The National Biodiesel Board has worked all year to fight the EPA’s original proposal for just 1.28 billion gallons while at the same time educating the EPA about the damage stemming from the ongoing RFS uncertainty. NBB has urged the agency to issue the biodiesel standards as quickly as possible, issuing the following statement when the EPA announced the latest delay.

“This administration says over and over that it supports biodiesel, yet its actions with these repeated delays are undermining the industry. Biodiesel producers have laid off workers and idled production. Some have shut down altogether. We know that fuels policy is complex, but there is absolutely no reason that the biodiesel volume hasn’t been announced. We are urging the administration to finalize a 2014 rule as quickly as possible that puts this industry back on track for growth and puts our country back on track for ending our dangerous dependence on oil. We also urge them to move quickly on 2015 so that we don’t repeat this flawed process again next year.”

Heading into 2015, NBB will continue pressing the Obama administration to act and will be calling on all biodiesel stakeholders to remain engaged and vocal in the political process to ensure the biodiesel industry’s voice is heard.

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