Grassley comments on EPA’s proposed ethanol and advanced biofuels blending requirements

Source: By Mark Magnuson, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network • Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed increased ethanol and bio diesel requirements that must be blended into the United States fuel supplies over the next three years.

While renewable fuel groups are pleased by the proposed increases, not everyone is happy with the proposals.

The EPA has proposed 20.82 billion gallons of renewable fuel (conventional biofuels) in 2023, increasing up to 22.68 billion in 2025. However, the EPA has called for an increase of just 5.82 billion gallons of advanced biofuel availability in 2023.

Iowa U.S. Senator, Chuck Grassley, says that the EPA should raise blending requirements for soy diesel produced from soybeans to allow for more of the product in the marketplace.

Grassley says that the EPA should reflect on its initial proposal and make changes.

Grassley says that the large difference in blending requirements for different biofuels is partly a result of poor communication between government agencies.

The EPA has proposed the increased blending volume targets of advanced biofuel for up to 7.43 billion gallons in 2025.