Sen. Grassley, two EPA officials, to talk biodiesel at Iowa plant Thursday

By Ron Kotrba | August 19, 2009
Posted September 1, 2009

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) plans to host two U.S. EPA officials at the 30-MMgy Central Iowa Energy biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, this Thursday, Sept. 3. EPA assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy, and EPA director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Margo Oge, were invited by Grassley to visit several Iowan destinations including a family farm, agricultural businesses and the Newton biodiesel plant.

The purpose of Grassley's invitation was to highlight how EPA policies and regulations impact his constituents in Iowa. Jeff Stroburg, CEO and chairman of Renewable Energy Group Inc., the plant's managing company, and others in the business will discuss the proposed RFS2 ruling with the senator and two EPA officials.

Many in the industry are calling on EPA to install interim rules to trigger the biomass-based diesel volume requirements sooner rather than later, and to reconsider how the agency negatively views soy-based biodiesel in its faulty indirect land use assumptions. Informal interviews with Grassley will be available. The afternoon will also include a tour of the biodiesel refinery.

The event is scheduled for 3:00pm on Thursday, Sept. 3, and will be held at 3426 E. 28th St. N., Newton, Iowa, 50208, at the Central Iowa Energy facility. For more information contact Alicia Clancy with REG at (515) 239-8118 or [email protected].
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