The American Cleaning Institute recently asked Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate animal fats from all biofuel tax credit plans and the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard program. "We are not opposed to biofuels. We are opposed to misguided government subsidies that negatively affect the price and availability of animal fats, a key feedstock for the oleochemical industry," said Douglas Troutman, ACI vice president and counsel for government affairs. "Energy tax credits, if used, should encourage the development and use of new raw materials that do not compete with established uses such as oleochemical production."

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