Biodiesel lobby taps former EPA staffer to head regulatory affairs operation

Source: Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The nation’s biodiesel trade group announced yesterday that it is tapping a former U.S. EPA staff member to oversee its regulatory affairs operation

As director of regulatory affairs, Lindsay Fitzgerald will help the National Biodiesel Board navigate the renewable fuel standard, the organization said. At EPA, Fitzgerald served for nearly two years as a specialist in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, which oversees compliance with the standard.

“Her extensive knowledge of the RFS will be a tremendous benefit to our industry and to our members as they navigate the program,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for NBB. “We look forward to working with EPA to ensure that advanced biofuels and the RFS continue meeting our goals of increasing U.S. energy security, strengthening the economy and reducing emissions.”

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from soybean oil, used cooking grease or animal fats. It is considered an advanced biofuel under the renewable fuel standard program.

Through the standard, EPA sets yearly levels of conventional ethanol and advanced biofuel that must be blended into the nation’s motor fuel supply. The biodiesel industry says the standard has been instrumental in securing investments and building up production to its current level of more than 1 billion gallons a year

Before EPA, Fitzgerald worked as a research analyst and a legal assistant at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLC. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science and government.