GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Mike Lefever joined National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders and others in recently submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging Administrator Scott Pruitt to pull back on proposed reductions to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes.
While the EPA proposed no direct changes to the implied 15 billion gallon volume for conventional ethanol, many in the industry believe the other reductions the EPA is exploring are inconsistent with the law, as well as a July 28 U.S. Court of Appeals decision in the Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA case.
In their written comments, Mike and NCGA leaders expressed concerns with the EPA’s attempt to incorrectly apply the agency’s waiver authority in order to justify further reductions in volumes, and also stressed that the further volume reductions proposed by the EPA would harm Congress’ energy and economic security objectives that motivated enactment of the RFS.
The RFS requires increasing amounts of renewable fuel to be introduced into the nation’s fuel supply, and these additional volume reductions result from incorrect interpretations of EPA’s waiver authorities, they explained in their comments, while urging the agency to not exercise any of the waiver authorities it proposed.
— Colorado Corn
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