MN Farm Bureau Offers Official Comments to EPA On 2014 RFS Proposal

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) submitted comments on Monday, January 27th to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the agency’s 2014 proposed volume standards. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was passed into law by the United States Congress. MFBF stated that the EPA should follow the law as written.

“The proposed reduction in volume requirements have a negative impact not only on the national economy as a whole, but will also negatively impact Minnesota’s economy,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “According to estimates by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, if the EPA’s proposal remains as recommended, Minnesota could lose 1,532 jobs and lose $101 million in value-added processing a year.”

“Biodiesel is a major player in reaching the advanced biofuels volume standard. In Minnesota alone, the biodiesel industry supports over 3,700 jobs and adds $606 million to our state economy,” said Paap. “The U.S. biodiesel industry produced a record 1.8 billion gallons in 2013. In a market that continues to grow and positively impact the economy and environment, it is disappointing to see a reduction in volume requirements for 2014.”

“Farm Bureau member developed policy strongly supports the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) as passed in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Farm Bureau supports and defends the standards and incentives necessary to further develop the U.S. renewable fuels industry and is opposed to EPA’s proposal for the 2014 proposed volume requirements,” said Paap. “EPA’s proposal arbitrarily and severely moves away from achieving the goals that were set by Congress to create a more robust renewable fuels industry as well as continuing to support a positive economic impact. We believe the EPA already has adequate flexibility to respond and to address any unforeseen market impacts through the Clean Air Act without reducing the volume requirements for 2014.”

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