Comment Period Opens on RFS

Kelly MarshallAg Group, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, NCGA

NCGA-Logo-3The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 200 million gallons.  The comment period for this proposal is opened to the public, now through July 11.  The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) urges farmers and consumers to submit a comment as soon as possible.

The NCGA has created a webpage explaining the EPA’s proposal.  It also offers links for sending a quick email, including various drafts of comments to help create a personalized message.

For those interested, the EPA is also holding a hearing in Kansas City, Missouri on June 9.  Farmers and their friends and family are encouraged to testify at this event.  NCGA is hoping for a strong attendance to demonstrate how this proposal could hurt rural America.

“We are very clear to EPA about what we want,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “It is simple: EPA should follow the statute. For farmers and others in rural America, this new EPA proposal means low corn prices and ethanol plant and industry cutbacks. And for everyone else, it means higher gas prices and dirtier air.”