Claire McCaskill

08/28/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/28/2018 10:54

McCaskill Joins Bipartisan Push to Protect Missouri Biodiesel Manufacturers

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

WASHINGTON - Continuing her work supporting Missouri's biodiesel industry, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill joined a bipartisan effort in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel volumes in a new proposed rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

'While these proposed increases are encouraging, these volumes continue to underestimate the existing potential of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states,' wrote McCaskill and a bipartisan group of senators in a letter to Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler. 'We believe the biodiesel industry can do more and that EPA should demonstrate more confidence in the [Renewable Fuel Standard] program's ability to drive growth.'

McCaskill and the bipartisan group of Senators are pushing for the EPA to increase biodiesel and biofuel volumes to further diversify our nation's fuel supply while improving energy security. These changes would support Missouri's biodiesel and biofuel manufactures, creating jobs and strengthening economies.

Protecting Missouri's biodiesel industry has been a top priority for McCaskill in the Senate. Earlier this year, McCaskill once again joined a group of Senators in urging the Trump administration to oppose any changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would harm Missouri's agriculture and biodiesel producers. In November 2017, McCaskill testified before the International Trade Commission on behalf of Missouri's biodiesel companies, standing up against unfair foreign trade practices that harmed biodiesel workers and producers.

Full text of letter HERE.

Visit mccaskill.senate.gov/energy to learn more about McCaskill's work bolstering energy security.

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