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EPA’s Latest Move Adds More Uncertainty in U.S. Renewable Fuel Policy

"This final rule will have a long-lasting negative impact on the country’s renewable fuels industry as we’ve already seen plants close because of the agency’s manipulation of the policy to date.”

December 19, 2019
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Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2019) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today released the following statement in response to EPA finalizing rules on renewable volume obligations for 2020 and SRE reallocation:

“Unfortunately, this final rule from EPA does not alleviate concerns we had when the draft rule was published earlier this year,” said Stephanie Batchelor, VP of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section. “The lack of growth for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, and the failure to fully reallocate the gallons lost from the drastic expansion of small refinery exemptions, will continue to stifle investment in green energy breakthroughs. This final rule will have a long-lasting negative impact on the country’s renewable fuels industry as we’ve already seen plants close because of the agency’s manipulation of the policy to date.”

“While BIO appreciates the tireless work of biofuel champions on Capitol Hill in pressing the administration to bring certainty to renewable fuel policy—in particular, Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, and Representatives Cindy Axne, Rodney Davis and Abby Finkenauer—we are greatly concerned that the administration continues to undermine the RFS and fails to understand that the intent of the program is to grow the market for clean, innovative fuels.”

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