Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Renewable Fuel Standard

Hundreds of people with a stake in the ethanol industry — from producers and users to corn farmers, rival oil company executives, elected officials, environmentalists and consumers — went to Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday, June 26 to give their thoughts on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the country’s ethanol mandate. Three members of our Green Plains team shared their concerns with the EPA’s proposed RFS-RVO rules.

Jeff Briggs, Chief Operating Officer, spoke about the successful impact the RFS has had on our industry. Jeff reminded the EPA, “The RFS should be used as the vehicle for higher ethanol blends in the U.S..  It has been the most successful energy legislation this country has had. It has reduced our dependence on foreign oil, cleaned the air we breathe, created jobs across rural America and created a strong secondary market for farmers to sell their corn. More ethanol into our fuel supply is a positive for not just the Midwest but also the U.S..”

Sasha Forsen, Public Relations Manager, centered her testimony around her personal connection to agriculture. Sasha stated, “The RFS should be a consistent in a world full of uncertainties” and her family knows this to be true — they have three generations currently farming land in Iowa and Nebraska. Their livelihood is effected by every delay and change the EPA makes to the RFS.

Brian Engel, General Manager of Vegetable Oil Trading, prides the renewable fuels industry on being creative, resourceful and flexible. “It is easy to see that corn oil from the ethanol industry is bringing value to consumers across fuel, feed, food and industrial applications.” He challenged the EPA on their proposed RFS-RVO ruling and questioned why the EPA is unable to successfully utilize the fuels our industry produce.

The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard - Renewable Volume Obligations two month public comment period comment period officially comes to a close on Monday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m. CT. If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to voice your displeasure with EPA’s proposal and submit a comment via Growth Energy’s RFS-RVO action center.

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