(Posted Thu. Dec 27th, 2012)
Dec. 27: The National Corn Growers Association thanks Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson for acting on the Obama Administration’s commitment to ethanol and other biofuels during her tenure. This statement comes on the heels of today’s public announcement of her forthcoming resignation in January.
“Administrator Jackson worked with NCGA to support the ethanol industry and promote science-based regulations during her tenure,” said NCGA Chairman Garry Niemeyer, a farmer from Auburn, Ill. “Upon the announcement of her departure, we thank her for the action she took on behalf of the Administration to advance E15, support the RFS and for her willingness to work with America’s farmers. We hope to continue working in this cooperative, productive manner with her successor.”
During her tenure as EPA Administrator, Jackson approved E15, a 15 percent ethanol blended-fuel, for consumer availability. In doing so, she helped decrease our nation’s dependence upon foreign oil while offering consumers a wider range of fuel choices and potential savings at the gas pump.
More recently, Jackson also reinforced the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard, while recognizing its inherent flexibility, in her decision to deny requests for a waiver of its provisions. The decision both demonstrated the Administration’s commitment to renewable, domestically-produced biofuels and its confidence in the standard.
NCGA worked closely with Administrator Jackson on several issues in addition to biofuels, including EPA’s decision to maintain existing rural dust standards, a science-based commitment to maintaining the continued registration of atrazine, and an expedited special review of AF-36, a product that shows promise with aflatoxin mitigation in corn and other crops.