NAFA Fleet Man¬≠age¬≠ment Asso¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion has ques¬≠tioned the US Envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal Pro¬≠tec¬≠tion Agency‚Äôs pro¬≠pos¬≠al to main¬≠tain the bio¬≠mass-based diesel stan¬≠dard for 2014 and 2015 at the 2013 lev¬≠el of 1.28 bil¬≠lion gal¬≠lons. While speak¬≠ing before the EPA, NAFA stat¬≠ed its belief that the 1.28 bil¬≠lion gal¬≠lons mark is a sharp reduc¬≠tion from this year‚Äôs pro¬≠ject¬≠ed pro¬≠duc¬≠tion and a poten¬≠tial¬≠ly dev¬≠as¬≠tat¬≠ing pro¬≠pos¬≠al for the future of the biodiesel indus¬≠try.
The Asso¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion rec¬≠om¬≠mends that EPA set a vol¬≠ume require¬≠ment at least con¬≠sis¬≠tent with this year‚Äôs pro¬≠ject¬≠ed pro¬≠duc¬≠tion of 1.7 bil¬≠lion gal¬≠lons. NAFA Trea¬≠sur¬≠er Jeff Jeter, Fleet Man¬≠ag¬≠er for the Coun¬≠ty of Chester¬≠field, rep¬≠re¬≠sent¬≠ed the Asso¬≠ci¬≠a¬≠tion before EPA.
As sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant users of biodiesel, vehi¬≠cle fleets depend on a strong, viable biodiesel indus¬≠try. State and util¬≠i¬≠ty fleets rely on biodiesel for com¬≠pli¬≠ance with the require¬≠ments of the Ener¬≠gy Pol¬≠i¬≠cy Act. Many gov¬≠ern¬≠ment agency fleets (includ¬≠ing the Depart¬≠ment of Defense) are dra¬≠mat¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly increas¬≠ing their usage, as are states such as Min¬≠neso¬≠ta.
‚ÄúWe are par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar¬≠ly con¬≠cerned that this pro¬≠pos¬≠al would result in an imme¬≠di¬≠ate and dra¬≠mat¬≠ic drop in U.S. biodiesel pro¬≠duc¬≠tion and impair the abil¬≠i¬≠ty of biodiesel pro¬≠duc¬≠ers to meet the demand of fleets,‚ÄĚ explained NAFA‚Äôs Exec¬≠u¬≠tive Direc¬≠tor Phillip Rus¬≠so. ‚ÄúNAFA urges that EPA set a vol¬≠ume require¬≠ment at least con¬≠sis¬≠tent with this year‚Äôs pro¬≠ject¬≠ed pro¬≠duc¬≠tion of 1.7 bil¬≠lion gal¬≠lons.‚ÄĚ