Sioux Falls, SD - August 31, 2017 – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed blending volumes for 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
The organization emphasized the economic benefits of the RFS and stated in its comments that “Congress directed EPA to take seriously the impact any reductions of RFS volumes would have on rural economies.
"When proposing RFS volumes, EPA, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, must look at issues such as job creation, economic development, and commodity prices.
"EPA is bound by law to ensure it does no harm to commodity prices or the rural economy.”
ACE also offered comment on the conventional biofuel level, use of the general waiver authority — given the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Americans for Clean Energy et al. v. EPA, the potential of a future “reset” of the RFS, and the advanced and cellulosic biofuel levels.
Finally, ACE underscored the importance of clearing regulatory bottlenecks, the need to update lifecycle greenhouse gas modeling for corn ethanol, and why EPA should provide Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15 and higher blends.
Some of ACE’s comments to EPA on these matters are summarized below:
ACE’s full comments are available here.
For more information, please contact Katie Fletcher at 605-334-3381 ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.