Biofuels Advocates Testify at EPA Hearing

Biofuels advocates brought their concerns about damage to the industry caused by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to a hearing on the proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Wednesday in Michigan.

In its proposed rule, the agency declined to accept comments on the controversial waiver program or Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions on E15, but that did not stop ethanol stakeholders from bringing it up in comments. “We thought that was absolutely absurd,” said Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley. “There’s no way they can’t take comment. This is a public forum and people can comment as they wish.”

In this interview, Bliley also says they are hoping Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler “provides a fair forum for biofuel producers and for farmers.” Interview with Chris Bliley, Growth Energy, on EPA hearing testimony

In her testimony, Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Government Affairs Samantha Slater said the proposed rule is “superficial and toothless and undermines President Trump’s commitment on the RFS.”

Listen to Slater’s testimony here: RFA testimony on EPA 2019 RVO proposal

Representatives of the biodiesel industry testified today at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Public Hearing for Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020.

Listen to testimony from NBB chair Kent Engelbrecht of ADM and NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. National Biodiesel Board testimony on EPA 2019 RVO proposal

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) senior vice president Ron Lamberty testified at the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE testifies on EPA 2019 RVO proposal