Biofuels Advocates Urge President Trump to Prevent EPA's Actions That Harm American Workers

Washington, D.C. – Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) joined other leading biofuels advocates to send a letter to President Donald Trump, urging the White House to “act quickly to prevent actions” at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that threaten jobs in rural America, freeze innovation in advanced biofuels and undermine the energy security goals of America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). 

“The proposed changes are inconsistent with the law and threaten the growth and prosperity of the U.S. biofuels industry. 

EPA’s changes are also inconsistent with Administrator Pruitt’s assurances to uphold the law and your long-standing support of ethanol and the RFS. 

If the proposed changes are finalized, EPA’s actions would cause severe harm to our industry, undermining your efforts to drive economic growth and secure America’s status as the global leader in biofuel production.” 

In the letter, industry leaders called on the White House to halt EPA consideration of “drastic, unprecedented changes” designed to benefit the same petroleum refiners that have repeatedly sought to curtail the growth of homegrown fuels. 

Specifically, the EPA issued a proposal that slashed EPA staff recommendations for higher cellulosic targets, published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) aimed at cutting total biofuel volumes including advanced and biodiesel, and may be considering Valero’s scheme to flood the market with export-subsidy credits, a move that would immediately devalue biofuel blends. 

NBB’s Doug Whitehead has previously called for higher volumes of advanced biofuels and for withdrawing the recent NODA: “EPA’s proposal earlier this summer was inadequate, underestimating the power of domestic biodiesel production and ignoring the intent of the law. 

This request for comment is even more disappointing. 

NBB will be working with EPA to demonstrate the industry’s proven success record, continued growth and impacts to American workers who were promised that this administration had their back.” 

Along with NBB, other organizations that signed the letter include the Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC), the American Biogas Council (ABC), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. 

It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel.  Biodiesel supports roughly 64,000 jobs across the United States. 

EPA has registered 4.24 billion gallons of production capacity in the United States—and 3.1 billion gallons could be brought online very quickly.  

The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors.