Reps. Peterson and Kinzinger lead bipartisan letter with 50 House Members asking for biodiesel boost

Jun 27, 2014 Issues: Energy

(WASHINGTON DC) – Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) led a letter with 50 House Members to President Obama expressing concern over reports that the Administration is considering issuing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) of 1.28 billion gallons for biodiesel, which would effectively cut the industry’s production by at least one-third from last year’s demonstrated volume. 

"I believe this action could negatively affect the U.S. biodiesel industry and am concerned that this would disproportionally hit small producers," Peterson said. "I hope that the Administration recognizes that this action would send a terrible signal to domestic biodiesel producers."

The letter stresses the fact that biodiesel producers around the nation have the ability to produce nearly two billion gallons a year of the only EPA-approved and commercially available advanced biofuel.  The letter also says that now is not the time for a critical shift in biodiesel policy and asks that the Administration consider raising biodiesel’s Renewable Volume Obligations for 2014 above 1.28 billion gallons.