The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The blending requirements were increased to a total of 18.1 billions gallons. This includes 14.5 billion gallons of undifferentiated biofuels or corn ethanol and 230 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol. Refiners must meet these obligations in blending biofuels with gasoline.
"In this decision the EPA has bowed to the Big Oil lobby and stepped away from commitments made to the American farmer almost a decade ago. Now that the system is up and running, changing the rules midstream serves to undermine the very good that was designed when the RFS was passed by Congress and signed by the President," said KY Corn Growers Board member, Joseph Sisk. "Farmers have invested and boosted productivity to supply the system's needs. EPA's unwillingness to simply follow the statute will lead to greater distrust in the farm community when it comes to the EPA and their policies."
The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
"America's corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law.
"While we are pleased to see the EPA take a step forward and revise its original proposal, the fact remains that any reduction in the statutory amount will have a negative impact on our economy, our energy security, and the environment. It is unfortunate that Big Oil's campaign of misinformation continues to carry weight in the court of public opinion, and in this decision.
"The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America's most successful energy policies ever. Because of it, our economy is stronger, we are more energy independent, and our air is cleaner. We should be strengthening our commitment to renewable fuels, not backing down.
"In light of the EPA's decision, we are evaluating our options. We will fight to protect the rights of farmers and consumers and hold the EPA accountable."
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