U.S. biodiesel industry leaders urge Trump's EPA to lift biodiesel mandate

Reuters | September 05, 2019

U.S. biodiesel industry leaders told an Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator in Houston on Wednesday that they want the Trump administration to boost the volume of biodiesel that oil refiners must blend into their fuel each year, two sources familiar with the matter said. The request came days after President Donald Trump promised to deliver a "giant package" here to U.S. farmers related to ethanol, in response to pressure from the corn lobby over the administration's expanded use of waivers freeing small refineries from their obligation to blend biofuels.

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