EPA’s Final RFS Rule a Step Forward for Ethanol
The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to the November 30, 2015 announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law.
“While we are pleased to see the EPA take a step forward and revise its original proposal, the fact remains that any reduction in the statutory amount will have a negative impact on our economy, our energy security, and the environment. It is unfortunate that Big Oil’s campaign of misinformation continues to carry weight in the court of public opinion, and in this decision.
“The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s most successful energy policies ever. Because of it, our economy is stronger, we are more energy independent, and our air is cleaner. We should be strengthening our commitment to renewable fuels, not backing down.
“In light of the EPA’s decision, we are evaluating our options. We will fight to protect the rights of farmers and consumers and hold the EPA accountable.”
EPA Snubs Consumers and Farmers Again, Takes Renewable Fuels Backward
On May 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed renewable volume obligation numbers for 2014, 2015 and 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In its proposal, EPA snubbed the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallons from 2014 to 2016. This represents nearly a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.
EPA June 25 Field Hearing Testimony:
EPA Backs Off Proposed 2014 Ethanol Cut
On Nov. 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had backed off its originally proposed 1.4 billion gallon reduction in how much corn ethanol will be required under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014, the federal law that helps get domestic, renewable, cleaner-burning corn ethanol blended in the nation’s fuel supply. Click here for our response.
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 issued a series of white papers as the first step in reviewing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the National Corn Growers Association submitted 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.