NBB files motion to intervene in API and NPRA RFS2 lawsuits

By | May 19, 2010
At the direction of the member-elected governing board, the NBB filed a motion to intervene in pending legislation related to RFS2.

On March 29, the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association filed lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding RFS2.

NBB issued the following statement from CEO Joe Jobe regarding the biodiesel industry's decision to intervene in the litigation on behalf of the U.S. EPA and in defense of renewable goals required by law:

"Congress explicitly established minimum volume requirements starting in 2009 for biomass-based diesel when it expanded the renewable fuels standard in the 2007 energy bill. The final RFS2 rule must ensure the volume requirements mandated each year by Congress are implemented consistent with an energy policy that values the displacement of petroleum diesel fuel with low-carbon, renewable fuels like biodiesel.

"The API and NPRA lawsuits lack merit. The petroleum industry has long been on notice of the statute's volume mandates and their obligations under the program. The lawsuits ask the Court to ignore these statutory requirements, undermining the renewable goals established by Congress, in an apparent effort to further delay, stymie, and frustrate implementation of sensible public policy that displaces foreign oil with clean-burning, domestically produced biodiesel. I am optimistic that the courts will disregard this frivolous effort to stall implementation of RFS2.

"As the legal process moves forward, the NBB will vigorously defend both the interests of the U.S. biodiesel industry and the common sense premise that displacing petroleum with advanced biofuels like biodiesel is in the nation's best interests."
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