Governors Pressing for Action on Biomass-Based Diesel


The Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Soybean Association have commended Gov. Kim Reynolds for leading a multi-state letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attempting to persuade the agency to increase biomass-based diesel and overall advanced volumes from its currently proposed volumes under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

The EPA’s proposed rule establishes what specific volumes of renewable fuels, like biodiesel, oil refiners must blend into petroleum products for 2023 through 2025 under the RFS.

The letter, co-authored by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and Neb. Governor Jim Pillen, says: “Adding to the supply of fuel, expanding agriculture markets, and supporting rural economies is the right thing to do right now. For these reasons and more, we ask that you substantially increase the RFS’ biomass-based diesel and overall advanced biofuel volumes for 2023, 2024 and 2025 – without decreasing market space for other renewable fuels.”

“Governor Reynolds continues to serve as an outspoken proponent for biodiesel, and we commend her for her leadership,” comments Grant Kimberley, executive director of IBB. “We agree with the governor that rather than holding it back, now is the time to unleash the power of biomass-based diesel to address both new and old challenges that our country faces. Biodiesel can help reduce high fuel costs through a more diverse fuel supply, boost American manufacturing and shore up the vital farm economy – all while reducing carbon in the transportation sector.”

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