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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE November 29, 2019


In a letter to President Trump last week, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem asked him to direct the EPA to enforce a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires the reduction and elimination of toxic carcinogenic aromatics from gasoline.  This requirement has been largely ignored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for decades.  

“This is unacceptable,” the governors told the President. A copy of the governors’ letter is available here and the news release here.  The news release details many of the hazardous effects of aromatics and the benefits of substituting high octane ethanol.

The public reaction to the governors’ letter has been impressive; it was the right message at the right time.  We’ll include the latest organization statements in Today’s Biofuels News when it resumes publication on Monday.  

As we’ve discussed during our monthly conference calls, the governors’ letter was the first and most important step toward the enforcement of the Clean Air Act, and replacing gasoline aromatics with high octane ethanol. We’ll need persistent support messages from congressional delegations, ag organizations, and health and environmental advocacy groups to continue the momentum. 

I learned yesterday from a senior White House official that the governors’ letter will be reviewed by Larry Kudlow’s National Economic Council and EPA staff.  We are assembling additional background information to submit to the WH.  Unless the WH and EPA experience a political epiphany after reading the governors’ letter and background information, it’s unlikely they will do anything to enforce the Clean Air Act without congressional urging and support from consumer and health advocacy groups.

I’ll be reaching out to Coalition’s representatives from major ethanol producing states and asking that they introduce their congressional delegations to the Coalition’s initiative.  We’ll likely start with a sign-on letters by members of the House and Senate.  We’re still evaluating if and when follow up legislation might be necessary.

We’ll discuss the implementation plan during our conference call on Friday, December 15.  

Thanks for your help and support.


Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.