EPA Proposal Cuts 2014 RFS Requirements
For 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law that helps get domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol blended in the nation’s fuel supply. This will reduce already-low corn prices and negatively affect planting decisions in 2014.
The public comment period has now ended, and NCGA thanks the thousands of farmers and our allies who have spoken out to the EPA about this proposal. We're proud to serve such an active grassroots membership!
Click on the links below to learn more about this issue.
NCGA Response to EPA Announcement (Nov. 15, 2013)
Nov. 15 responses from ethanol organizations:
Earlier: NCGA Letter to the White House (Nov. 6, 2013)
Fact-Checking the Associated Press
A collection of responses to the Nov. 12, 2013, AP story on corn, ethanol and land use.
2013 RFS White Papers
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is issuing a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the National Corn Growers Association is submitting responses. The white papers and our responses are listed below.
1: Blend Wall and Fuel Compatibility Issues
NCGA's Response (April 5, 2013)
2: Agricultural Sector Impacts
NCGA's Response (April 29, 2013)
3: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts
NCGA's Response (May 23, 2013)
4: Energy Policy
NCGA's Response (June 21, 2013)
5. Implementation of RFS
NCGA's Response (July 26, 2013)
2012 RFS Waiver Request
On Nov. 16, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected requests to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in light of the 2012 drought. Here are some information resources:
From the National Corn Growers Association
NCGA Statement on the EPA Decision (11-16-12)
NCGA's RFS Comments as Submited to the EPA (PDF; 10-11-12)
NCGA Statement on the Call for a Waiver (8-15-12)
From the Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Notice of Decision (PDF)
Other RFS Information
The Facts about Ethanol and the RFS. Debunks myths being spread by RFS opponents in Congress.
RFS Infographic. A visual presentation from the American Coalition for Ethanol of how the RFS has fueled growth in domestic biofuels.