The company advocated policies that would ensure that the Advanced Biofuel goals established by statute would be met, including:
As the EPA moves forward with the RFS-2 rulemaking, Imperium noted that it is important to remember that the U.S. biodiesel industry produces the only renewable fuel in the marketplace today when it comes to commercial-scale production of biomass-based diesel as defined in RFS-2. Imperium also stressed that there is no indication that Congress sought to impose a penalty on existing production of biodiesel, which does not significantly impact land use change.
There are a number of other key points Imperium made in its comment to EPA, including:
“We look forward to working with the EPA to address the proposal’s shortcomings and implement a final rule prior to January 1, 2010. We are concerned, however, that a final rule may not be issued until the end of 2009 or may not be made effective until after January 1, 2010,” said John Plaza, Imperium’s founder and CEO. “As such, we urge the EPA to issue an interim rule to effectuate Congressional intent and address the adverse impacts any further delay of implementing the RFS-2 requirements will have on the biodiesel industry or the obligated parties for RIN compliance.”
Biodiesel is an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum diesel fuel made from oils derived from crops, plants and waste products, which can be used in any conventional diesel engine. It can be used in pure form (100 percent biodiesel) or in a “blended” form, in which it replaces a percentage of petroleum diesel. A National Renewable Energy Lab study shows biodiesel emits about 78 percent less carbon dioxide than petroleum diesel. Imperium’s high-quality fuel meets or exceeds ASTM D-6751 specifications.
About Imperium Renewables
Founded in 2005, Seattle-based Imperium Renewables owns and operates a production facility in Grays Harbor County with a nameplate capacity of 100 million gallons per year. It is the largest BQ-9000 certified production facility in the United States and the second largest facility overall. More information on the company is available via the website at www.imperiumrenewables.com.