Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to hold Renewable Fuel Standard Event Today

Source: By Office of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds • Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015

On Friday, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will discuss the potential impact on Nebraska and Iowa of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to slash billions of gallons from the Renewable Fuel Standard, threatening thousands of jobs and the billions of dollars of investments by ethanol producers and technology providers in Nebraska and Iowa. Ricketts and Reynolds will be joined by leadership from Novozymes, Nebraska Farm Bureau, and other community leaders.

Ricketts, Reynolds and others will deliver brief remarks before taking questions. This event is open to credentialed media. Plant tours will be available following the conclusion of the program.

What: News conference on the importance of a robust Renewable Fuel Standard

When: 10-10:30am on Friday, July 24, 2015

Where: Novozymes, 600 S 1st in Blair, Nebraska

Who: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be joined by:

Social Media: Follow the event on social media by using #RFSworks.

Highlights of Iowa leaders’ engagement on the RFS include:

  • State and Federal elected officials, including Gov. Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds, participated in a “Defend the RFS” event.
  • Gov. Branstad traveled to Washington, DC, joining a group of Iowa farmers and biofuels producers, to testify at the Federal government’s only public hearing and met with EPA Administrator McCarthy.
  • Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Secretary Bill Northey and the entire Iowa congressional delegation sent a joint letter to Federal leaders advocating for the many benefits that flow from the RFS.
  • Gov. Terry Branstad and Gov. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) penned an op-ed in support of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • Gov. Terry Branstad brought together a bipartisan group of six governors to sign on to a letter to President Barack Obama, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing their support for a strong RFS.
  • Leaders from across the Midwest joined Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds for their “Hearing in Heartland,” which was open to all interested citizens; 83 panelists from across the Midwest Region spoke from the heart about the importance of the RFS to their livelihoods and a healthy rural economy while only two individuals expressed opposition to a robust RFS.
  • Gov. Branstad, in his Condition of the State address, called on the Iowa Legislature to pass a resolution in support of a robust RFS. The Legislature unanimously passed bicameral, bipartisan resolutions calling for the EPA to reverse course and support a strong RFS. View the resolutions: House Resolution 101 | Senate Resolution 101
  • State of Iowa leaders submitted formal comments to the EPA with current data and analysis that provides Federal leaders the opportunity and obligation to revise their initial volume obligations upward.
  • Gov. Branstad testifies in support of a robust RFS before the EPA’s hearing in Kansas City.
  • Lt. Gov. Reynolds submits written testimony to the EPA in support of a robust RFS.

About Novozymes

Novozymes is a biotech company with a strong focus on enzyme production. We are committed to changing the very foundations of our industrial system for the better by using industrial biotechnology. As the world leader in bioinnovation we believe that by using industrial biotechnology we can potentially re-engineer thousands of everyday products to deliver enhanced sustainability performance, introducing energy cost savings, and decreased raw material costs for our customers. It is a compelling proposition, but one backed by strong evidence.