Marshall, Klobuchar, Grassley, Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urge EPA Administrator Regan to Strengthen Renewable Fuel Standard

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and a bipartisan group of 13 colleagues sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the EPA to raise Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels to levels that are consistent with production and availability.

“America’s environmental and energy security depend on the widespread production, availability, and use of biofuels. Biofuels play a particularly critical role in emissions reduction for heavy-duty transportation — including aviation, shipping, rail, and trucking — while opening up economic opportunities for American farmers. A strong RFS and broad availability of homegrown agricultural feedstocks are critical for ensuring we keep up the progress we have made in decarbonizing our roads, seas, railways, and skies,” wrote the lawmakers.

“Since the volumes were set last summer, RIN values have decreased by an average of 66 percent, sending a discouraging market signal to farmers, feedstock producers, biofuel producers, blenders and investors. Domestic fuel production facilities are closing as a result, putting Americans out of work and disrupting local economies. The negative signal to renewable fuel producers threatens billions of dollars of investment in feedstock and fuel production, including for Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Without EPA action, America will miss out on the carbon reductions delivered by advanced biofuels,” continued the lawmakers.

The full text of the letter is available HERE.