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Bob Van Heuvelen[bob@vhstrategies.com]
McCabe, Janet
Fri 9/20/2013 3:42:07 PM
RE: 9/25 Meeting Request for Biodiesel Executives

Janet McCabe
Acting Assistant Administrator
Office of Air and Radiation, USEPA
Room 5406A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
202-564-3206
mccabe.janet@epa.gov

From: Bob Van Heuvelen [mailto:bob@vhstrategies.com]
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 11:34 AM
To: McCabe, Janet; Atkinson, Emily

Cc: John Bird
Subject: 9/25 Meeting Request for Biodiesel Executives

The Honorable Janet McCabe
Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dear Janet:
On September 5th, the executives of three of the nation's largest independent producers of
biodiesel wrote Administrator McCarthy regarding the 2014 RFS2 volumes for Advanced
Biofuels and Biomass-based Diesel (see attached letter). Pursuant to that letter, the executives
would like to meet with you to discuss the industry and the potential impact of 2014 volume
requirements on their continued growth. They will be in Washington on Wednesday, September
25 and would like to schedule a meeting with you.
The biodiesel industry is one of the true success stories of the RFS. It has met and surpassed the
biomass-based diesel volumetric requirement for 2012 and 2013, and has helped meet the
volumetric requirement for the broader advanced biofuels category within which the biomassbased diesel category sits. In fact, in 2013, the domestic industry is projecting it will have
produced approximately 1. 7 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, generating over 2.5 billion
RINs, nearly fulfilling the advanced biofuels requirement of 2.75 billion gallons on its own,
despite the shortfall of cellulosic fuels.

CREW FOIA 2014-006851-0001952

The biodiesel industry is set to exceed those volumes in 2014. Today the industry is producing at
a monthly rate of 166 million gallons, which translates to an annual rate of nearly 2 billion
gallons, and to more than 3.5 billion RINs; again, nearly enough on its own to fill the statutory
2014 advanced biofuels requirement of 3. 75 billion gallons. The industry has demonstrated its
capacity to exceed even those volumes, and careful research shows there is more than adequate
and affordable feedstock available. Accordingly, the industry is urging EPA to set 2014 volume
requirements for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels that reflect this capacity and
current production. Absent such a move, production will drop, layoffs will be required, and
investment in future production will be limited.
We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to discuss these issues and the role
biodiesel can play in the RFS and the nation's efforts on energy independence and reduction of
greenhouse gasses.
I have copied John Bird of my staff who will contact your office to follow up on this request for
a meeting on Wednesday, September 25.

Best,
Bob Van Heuvelen

Robert Van Heuvelen
Founder and CEO
VH Strategies, L.L.C.
300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 601

CREW FOIA 2014-006851-0001953

CREW FOIA 2014-006851-0001954