The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association was made aware of a lawsuit filed by a group of plaintiffs that included the American Petroleum Institute, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Minnesota Trucking Association, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, API and AFPM.
The plaintiffs are suing the Commissioners of Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency and Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, claiming the Minnesota biodiesel mandate violates several Federal and Minnesota State laws including the Federal Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the U.S. Constitution, and the Minnesota Administrative Procedures Act.
The MSGA will follow this development closely and will work with industry partners to continue to promote the use of biodiesel in Minnesota.
The following is the official MSGA statement on the matter:
The MSGA is proud of the implementation of B10 and how our state regulators have implemented this change. Not only do Minnesota soybean farmers produce the feed-stock for biodiesel, more than 24,000 farmers use biodiesel in their farm operations and to haul the goods of Minnesota’s second largest industry. Change is often difficult, but Minnesotans voted for change because Minnesotans wanted a cleaner, renewable fuel. Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as an advanced biofuel for its ability to reduce greenhouse gasses by more than 50 percent, biodiesel is a true renewable fuel alternative that promotes clean air. The current use of biodiesel blends in Minnesota is equal to removing 128,000 vehicles from the state’s roads, and biodiesel is an important driver of jobs in Minnesota. For these reasons, we stand by our state agencies’ implementation of B10.