By Timothy Cama - 07/24/14 10:01 AM EDT
Top White House adviser John Podesta will meet with Senate Democrats Thursday to discuss the administration’s plans regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and eight other Democrats who support increasing the mandate will meet attend the meeting, which they requested last month, Franken spokeswoman Maggie Rousseau said.
A White House spokesman confirmed Podesta will attend the meeting.
The EPA has not yet finalized its 2014 volumes for renewables.
Franken and his colleagues took particular issue with the biodiesel mandate.
“Such a decision would not only harm the economic growth surrounding biodiesel production in our states, but would be a setback in our national efforts to continue boosting U.S. energy security while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” they wrote.
Many of the senators participating in Thursday’s meeting participated in a news conference in May with the National Biodiesel Board to push for a higher mandate, saying that most biodiesel producers have cut back their activities in light of the proposal.