The National Corn Growers Association and other biofuel advocates sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging the White House to “act quickly to prevent actions” at the Environmental Protection Agency that could undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“The proposed changes are inconsistent with the law and threaten the growth and prosperity of the U.S. biofuels industry,” wrote the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Growth Energy, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Advanced Biofuels Business Council and other industry leaders.
“EPA’s changes are also inconsistent with Administrator Pruitt’s assurances to uphold the law and your long-standing support of ethanol and the RFS. If the proposed changes are finalized, EPA’s actions would cause severe harm to our industry, undermining your efforts to drive economic growth and secure America’s status as the global leader in biofuel production.”
“Actions speak louder than words,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes, a farmer from Arthur, North Dakota. “Corn farmers appreciate that Donald Trump has consistently stated his support for renewable fuels, first as a candidate, and now as President. But the EPA has taken several steps that are inconsistent with the President’s commitment to biofuels, and we think it’s important to let him know.”
Earlier this year, the EPA proposed reducing 2018 renewable fuel volumes below 2017 levels. Last week, EPA gave notice that it is weighing additional volume reductions for 2018. According to reports, the Agency is also considering changes in the rules for ethanol exports and crediting exports toward domestic fuel blending goals.
“These actions would undermine America’s energy security and hurt rural economic growth. We’re asking the President to keep the EPA on track and honor his commitment to ethanol and renewable fuels,” said Skunes.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
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