BIO Thanks Senators for Urging EPA to Set Strong 2014 RFS Requirements

WASHINGTON--()--Today 37 Senators wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to set strong biofuel volume requirements for 2014 and beyond that are consistent with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) thanked the Senators for this bipartisan effort to support the goals and intent of the RFS and to support our industry’s continued progress in producing advanced biofuels, creating jobs and promoting economic growth in rural communities.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, stated:

“We thank Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) for their bipartisan leadership in initiating this letter in support of the RFS. And we thank the 31 Senators who joined in asking EPA to issue RFS rules that are consistent with Congressional intent.

“The changes EPA proposed in 2013 to the RFS and the delay in taking final action on the rule have chilled investment in advanced biofuels, even as the first companies began to successfully prove this technology at commercial scale. To continue making visible progress in commercializing advanced biofuels, our industry needs strong, stable policy from EPA.”

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Release Summary

BIO thanks Sens. Grassley, Klobuchar, Franken, Kirk, Durbin, and Thune for asking EPA to issue RFS rules that are consistent with the law and support commercialization of advanced biofuels.

Contacts

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Paul Winters, 202-962-9237
Web: www.bio.org
Blog: www.biotech-now.org
Twitter: @IAmBiotech