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Minnesota Farm Bureau comments on renewable fuel standards

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the agency’s 2014 proposed volume standards.

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The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was passed into law by the U.S. 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,” Paap continued.

According to Paap, the biodiesel industry in Minnesota supports more than 3,700 jobs and adds $606 million to the state economy. The U.S. biodiesel industry produced a record 1.8 billion gallons in 2013.

“Farm Bureau member-developed policy strongly supports the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) as passed in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,” Paap said. “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.”

“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,” Paap added. “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.”

For more information or to view MFBF’s comments, visit