U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are leading a bipartisan group of 23 senators in urging the Administration to reject changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that would upend stability and predictability for small businesses and rural communities. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, refiners and importers are responsible for complying with the law by either buying or blending renewable fuels. If the point of obligation is moved to retailers, it would result in a massive, costly time-consuming shift in compliance and hurt smaller businesses with few resources or no experience with regulatory programs. In a letter to the President sent last week, Klobuchar and Grassley urged the Administration to steer clear of administrative changes to the policy that would undermine the program and run contrary to its goals of promoting domestic energy independence and more choices at the pump. Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for the coming years that includes additional growth in the biodiesel category from what was proposed earlier this year.
Corn ethanol has come under attack in recent weeks, with petroleum groups and environmental groups questioning its environmental benefits and its place within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) supports the use of biofuels and the RFS, which positively impacts biodiesel.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog announced it will launch a project to determine if the agency considered legally mandated studies and complied with reporting requirements while putting its RFS program into effect. Read more
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