NAFA Questions EPA’s Proposed Biodiesel Standard for 2014 and 2015

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NAFA Fleet Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion has ques­tioned the US Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s pro­pos­al to main­tain the bio­mass-based diesel stan­dard for 2014 and 2015 at the 2013 lev­el of 1.28 bil­lion gal­lons. While speak­ing before the EPA, NAFA stat­ed its belief that the 1.28 bil­lion gal­lons mark is a sharp reduc­tion from this year’s pro­ject­ed pro­duc­tion and a poten­tial­ly dev­as­tat­ing pro­pos­al for the future of the biodiesel indus­try.
The Asso­ci­a­tion rec­om­mends that EPA set a vol­ume require­ment at least con­sis­tent with this year’s pro­ject­ed pro­duc­tion of 1.7 bil­lion gal­lons. NAFA Trea­sur­er Jeff Jeter, Fleet Man­ag­er for the Coun­ty of Chester­field, rep­re­sent­ed the Asso­ci­a­tion before EPA.

As sig­nif­i­cant users of biodiesel, vehi­cle fleets depend on a strong, viable biodiesel indus­try. State and util­i­ty fleets rely on biodiesel for com­pli­ance with the require­ments of the Ener­gy Pol­i­cy Act. Many gov­ern­ment agency fleets (includ­ing the Depart­ment of Defense) are dra­mat­i­cal­ly increas­ing their usage, as are states such as Min­neso­ta.

“We are par­tic­u­lar­ly con­cerned that this pro­pos­al would result in an imme­di­ate and dra­mat­ic drop in U.S. biodiesel pro­duc­tion and impair the abil­i­ty of biodiesel pro­duc­ers to meet the demand of fleets,” explained NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip Rus­so. “NAFA urges that EPA set a vol­ume require­ment at least con­sis­tent with this year’s pro­ject­ed pro­duc­tion of 1.7 bil­lion gal­lons.”

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