Nebraska leaders react to renewable fuel, biofuel proposal

Source: By Nebraska.tv • Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nebraska leaders are taking issue with proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for calendar year 2020.

The proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency also included biomass-based diesel volume standards for calendar year 2021.

(Environmental Protection Agency)

Governor Pete Ricketts, who is a past chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, issued the following statement on the EPA announcement of the proposed renewable volume obligations:

While Nebraska appreciates the EPA’s timely release of renewable volume obligations, this proposal does not reflect the agency’s legal duty to enforce a robust RFS or the President’s commitment to our farmers. I urge Administrator Wheeler to reallocate waived gallons and ensure that the agency is giving our farmers and ethanol producers the predictability they need, especially during tough times for agriculture.

Roger Berry, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, issued the following statement on the RVO proposal:

The Nebraska Ethanol Board is extremely disappointed in the proposed Renewable Volume Obligation numbers released by the EPA. The fact that EPA did not account for any of the lost gallons due to Small Refiner Exemptions directly undermines demand for the quality fuel produced by our hard working farmers and the 1,400 Nebraskans employed in the ethanol industry.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement on the RVO proposal:

The EPA’s announcement on the Renewable Volume Obligations for 2020 is very disappointing. The agency has failed to address major issues with the opaque small refinery exemption process in this proposal. Not considering estimates of future exemptions and lost gallons is going to hurt our farmers and ethanol producers. Rural America deserves more certainty and predictability.

Nebraska’s Third-District Congressman Adrian Smith released the following statement expressing his disappointment:

The RFS has benefitted farmers and consumers for years and has wide bipartisan support. Unfortunately, the EPA’s proposed rule does not take into account the ongoing abuse of small refinery exemptions. These arbitrary exemptions to the RFS are damaging its integrity. By not addressing the small refinery exemption, the 2020 policy proposed by the EPA diminishes any gains from the President’s recent win on E15.

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