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NBB governing board meets with Vilsack

Members of the National Biodiesel Board's Governing Board March 11 met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Governing Board members used the opportunity to discuss forthcoming implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS-2).

"Implementation of a workable RFS-2 program is consistent with a national energy strategy that values the replacement of petroleum diesel with domestically-produced low carbon fuel," stated Joe Jobe, NBB CEO. "Secretary Vilsack clearly understands this, and the U.S. biodiesel industry applauds his leadership on this important issue."

RFS-2, enacted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, for the first time specifically requires the use of low carbon, renewable diesel replacement fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency is currently crafting the rule to implement this program. Under RFS-2, fuels must hit greenhouse gas (ghg) emission reduction targets to qualify for the program. The U.S. biodiesel industry is concerned that the methodology being employed by EPA to calculate the ghg emission profile of biodiesel produced from vegetable oils--particularly as it relates to Indirect Land Use Change assumptions--is being based on inaccurate and unreliable assumptions. The result would be a program that disqualifies vegetable oil as a biodiesel feedstock, an outcome that would be make it impossible to meet the Advanced Biofuels targets established in RFS-2.

"Secretary Vilsack clearly has an indepth understanding of this issue, and the U.S. biodiesel industry looks forward to working with him to achieve successful implementation of RFS-2," concluded Jobe.

The NBB is the national trade association of the biodiesel industry and is the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the U.S. Its membership is comprised of biodiesel producers, state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

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