EPA administrator hints about changes to Renewable Fuel Standard proposal

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy dropped a few hints yesterday that changes could be coming to its proposal to slash the RFS, which would reduce the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“I have heard loud and clear that you don’t think we hit that right,” McCarthy told a crowd of about 100 people at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture winter conference in Reston, Va.

According to Jenny Hopkinson, who filed a brief report for POLITCO Pro members yesterday, McCarthy cited the large amount of feedback on the proposal and said when the final rule is released it will be “in a shape that you will see that we have listened to your comments.”

Was McCarthy telling attendees to that particular conference what they wanted to hear? Or could we see the EPA’s damaging proposal significantly revised? We will find out soon enough.

Either way, it’s obvious that EPA heard the voices of corn farmers and renewable fuels supporters loud and clear. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association coordinated a grassroots campaign that resulted in over 7,000 comment letters going to EPA with a strong “Don’t mess with the RFS” message.

Speaking out and making your voice heard makes a difference. A big difference.

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