Canadian Biomass Magazine

Ethanol industry hails EPA decision to deny RFS requests

November 19, 2012
By Ethanol Producer Magazine

November 19, 2012, Washington, DC – The U.S. EPA announced Nov. 16 that it would not waive the renewable fuel standard (RFS), as had been officially requested in mid-August. The EPA had been considering the request for more than 90 days following its submission.

The ethanol industry responded swiftly and appreciatively, reported Ethanol Producer Magazine . “Despite millions of dollars spent by Big Oil and Big Food to shamelessly attack American-made ethanol, it comes as no surprise EPA denied the requests to waive the RFS because the facts are on our side,” said Brian Jennings, American Coalition for Ethanol executive vice president, in a prepared statement. “EPA considered the flexibility built-into the RFS, precedent established in 2008, and data which proved waiving the RFS wouldn’t remedy the harm of the drought in making the right decision.” Jennings also pointed to more than 130 unique comments submitted to the EPA by ACE members, calling the comments submitted by ethanol supporters a factor in the decision.

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