Replacing Aromatics with Biofuels Would Improve Public Health Outcomes, Decrease Fuel Costs

Source: By Hannah Packman, National Farmers Union • Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

WASHINGTON – In a letter sent today, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem ­– the Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition ­– urged President Donald Trump to enforce Section 202 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 by reducing and eliminating toxic carcinogenic aromatics from gasoline. To achieve this, the governors suggested that aromatics be replaced with biofuels, which are higher octane, burn more cleanly, and far better in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, and public health.

Because of its aforementioned benefits, National Farmers Union (NFU) is a longtime proponent of higher-level blends of ethanol. NFU President Roger Johnson thanked Governors Walz and Noem in a statement and advised the administration to adopt their recommendations.

“There are so many reasons to use biofuels: they improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower pump prices, develop new markets for American farm products, create good jobs rural Americans, stimulate local economies, and establish energy independence. Aromatics, on the other hand, are highly toxic, expensive, carbon intensive, and energy inefficient. We applaud Governors Walz and Noem’s efforts to replace aromatics with biofuels, and we strongly urge the Trump administration to follow suit.”