JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) jointly submitted regulatory comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan expressing the urgency of EPA’s proposed rulemaking for E15 Fuel Dispenser Labeling and Compatibility with Underground Storage Tanks. Together the Iowa agricultural organizations released the following statement:
“Iowa leads the nation in both corn and ethanol production and growing the market for E15 is crucial to our state’s economic, agricultural, energy, and environmental future. Regulatory changes have the potential to accelerate the commercial expansion of E15, which is the most immediate, available, and affordable path to carbon reduction in the transportation sector. While the proposed rule is a good start, the bottom line is that it does not go far enough. We want to help elevate it by knocking down unnecessary regulatory barriers that would prevent E15 commercial growth and stifle carbon reduction as a result. We thank EPA for its consideration of our recommendations, and we stand ready to work with the Agency and the Biden Administration on this and other climate solutions going forward.”
Among the key items addressed in the comments, ICGA, IFBF, and IRFA recommended that EPA’s E15 label requirement be modernized and modified in a manner that is simple, informational, and factual while eliminating language and elements that are speculative, confusing, or threatening. Additionally, the groups called on EPA to revise its regulations to clarify that all existing underground storage tank equipment is “deemed compatible” with ethanol blends up to E15.
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— Iowa Corn Growers Association
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