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2020 Renewable Fuel Increase Could Be Welcome News for Advanced Biofuels

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2020.

2020 Renewable Fuel Increase Could Be Welcome News for Advanced Biofuels

EPA Proposal Must Be Accompanied By Drastic Waiver Reform

Washington, D.C. (July 5, 2019) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2020.

“EPA’s proposal to maintain the volumes of conventional biofuels as well as slightly increase advanced and cellulosic biofuel volumes signals potential growth for the industry but does nothing to address the lost gallons from refinery exemptions. This increase will only exist on paper if the agency does not end its practice of granting unjustified RFS waivers,” said Stephanie Batchelor, vice president of BIO’s industrial & environmental section. “To move our nation closer to securing a renewable fuel future and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, EPA must cease such exemptions while efficiently approving pending pathways and registrations for innovative biofuels and production facilities. BIO looks forward to commenting on the proposal and will continue to engage with EPA to advance policies that enable U.S. biofuels producers to access the market and develop sustainable solutions to our energy challenges.”

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