(Posted Fri. Jun 24th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association thanked a bipartisan group of 39 Senators who sent a letter today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the final blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2017 “promote[s] growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas.”
The letter follows the EPA 2017 proposal calling upon refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional biofuels, such as ethanol, in 2017. This level, proposed by the Agency, fails to meet the 15-billion-gallon level intended by Congress and outlined in the expanded RFS passed in 2007.
NCGA President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:
“U.S. corn farmers thank these leaders for their work to ensure the EPA finalizes a more robust RFS that returns the program to statutory levels. NCGA challenges the assumptions used by the Agency in setting the 2017 conventional biofuels targets as well as its authority to reduce the levels under current circumstances.
“America’s corn farmers and ethanol refiners have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to reach the 15-billion-gallon statutory volume in a sustainable, cost-effective manner. With USDA projecting another record corn crop and carryover levels not seen for decades, America’s farmers have met the challenge Congress put forth to produce enough corn to feed and fuel the nation. Now, the EPA should follow the statutory requirements and carryout the will of Congress as well.
“NCGA thanks the Senators for supporting this important policy and, in doing so, standing up for America’s clean air and healthy families both on and off the farm.”
To view the letter, click here.