NATSO, representing America’s truckstops and travel plazas, was invited to testify before Congress today to discuss new legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and transition the gasoline market to a high octane fuel performance standard.
Testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov focused primarily on the diesel market and the opportunities for policymakers to incentivize diesel retailers to incorporate increasing amounts of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel into the nation’s diesel fuel supply.
NATSO supports the provisions of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act that would facilitate market conditions and opportunities for its members to lower prices for consumers for advanced biofuels. Fialkov also recommended revisions to the draft legislation that would eliminate unnecessary obstacles to market investment in renewable fuels infrastructure and that undermine the returns on those investments that industry has already made.
Specifically, Fialkov testified in favor of the provisions that would extend the advanced biofuels mandate for another decade. But Fialkov strongly urged lawmakers to revise the draft legislation to address NATSO’s concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS, including small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities.
“The bill’s rules-based Renewable Volume Obligations system will only achieve the objectives of enhanced certainty and less volatility if it addresses the Program’s current flawed small refinery exemption regime,” Fialkov testified. “The fact that the Legislation is silent on this topic is a real flaw. … Any legislation to reform the RFS must remedy this situation.”
NATSO’s full testimony can be found here.
NATSO is the professional trade association representing America’s travel plaza and truckstop industry, and serves as the voice in Washington, D.C., for off-highway fuel retailers. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.