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Industry Reacts to Final E15 Rule
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to allow consumers uninterrupted access to E15, a fuel blend with 15% ethanol. The announcement follows a public comment period on a proposed rule and in time for the summer season. The rule changes the old limitations on year-round E15, allowing consumers to have access to the clean, lower-cost option at the pump all year. Previously, sales were restricted in a majority of markets from June 1st to September 15th. President Trump fulfilled the commitment he made to rural voters and is a huge win for farmers.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stated that, "I appreciate President Trump’s steadfast support for our patriotic farmers and for his commitment to expand the sale of E15 and unleash the full potential of American innovation and ingenuity as we continue to demonstrate our rightful place as the world’s leader in agricultural and energy production." Perdue explained that the move to approve the year-round use of E15 in time for the summer driving season provides consumers with...
Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Ethanol Announcement
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed President Trump’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin a rulemaking process to expand the sale of corn ethanol, to include E15 year-round. Perdue issued the following statement:
“This is another case of ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ for President Trump. Expanding the sale of E15 year-round is sound policy for a variety of reasons. Consumers will have more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions. It is also an excellent way to use our high corn productivity and improved yields....
Farm, Ethanol Groups Urge President Trump to Restore Integrity to RFS, Allow Year-Round E15 Sales
In a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, and Renewable Fuels Association urged the administration to act immediately to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and allow year-round sales of E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends. The groups also expressed concern that any benefit from year-round E15 sales and proper implementation of the RFS could be nullified if refiners are given further regulatory bailouts that undercut the spirit and intent of the law.
The letter follows comments made by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Aug. 29 that an announcement on the ...
NCC Urges EPA to Lower ’19 Conventional Ethanol Volumes; Requests “Off-Ramp” Process for RFS
In detailed comments submitted Friday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Chicken Council (NCC) opined for a more reasonable and sustainable approach to the nation’s biofuel policy. The compelled diversion of corn from feed to fuel has exacted a heavy toll on the domestic chicken industry, American consumers, and results in higher fuel prices as EPA avers, the council said.
Regarding the 2019 rule, EPA is proposing an equal reduction for the overall advanced biofuel category and the renewable fuel total as it is exercised in the cellulosic waiver. NCC supports this action. Were the total renewable fuel volume requirement decreased by a lesser amount than the cellulosic waiver there would be an incentive for conventional biofuels to participate in the RFS program beyond the statutory cap of 15 billion gallons set by Congress.
EPA is proposing to leave the conventional ethanol implied mandate at 15 billion gallons, the statutory cap for that residual category of fuel. NCC urges that the effective conventional biofuel volume be reduced...
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