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NBB testifies for higher biodiesel volumes at RFS hearing

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) testified before Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff Tuesday, advocating for higher blending volumes of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel.

The public hearing, which refers to volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), follows the organizations proposed figures in May, which called for approximately 19.24bn/gal of renewable fuels to be blended into the national fuel supply in 2018.

Figures outlined in the proposal include 238mn/gal of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1bn/gal of biomass-based diesel, and 4.24bn/gal of advanced biofuel, while the proposed volume for 2019 calls for the biomass-based diesel RVO to remain at 2.1bn/gal, figures the NBB vehemently opposes.

“Domestic production capacity is significantly underutilized, with 4.2bn/gal of registered capacity according to EPA’s own assessment. This doesn’t even include non-registered plants or foreign production we expect will continue to reach our shores. EPA’s proposal doesn’t acknowledge the ability of the domestic industry to step up to the plate when given proper signals by EPA,” said NBB chief operating officer Doug Whitehead.

The Jefferson City, Missouri-based trade organization supports increased volume requirements, believing that the EPA must be more aggressive in meeting Congress’s goals to prioritize advanced biofuel use and investment.

“The market today has shown it can be used in a variety of locations, in all temperatures and in numerous, diverse applications. This market extends across the country—in rural areas, in urban areas, on-road, off-road and even in homes, buildings and factories. That’s the flexibility of biodiesel, which can be used throughout the distillate fuel market. This market is expected to increase, and the RFS program should ensure continued growth in renewable fuels for that market,” said NBB technical director Scott Fenwick.

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