MCGA submits comments calling for EPA to follow the law

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) recently submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking biofuel gallons waived through small refinery exemptions are accurately accounted for under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Submitted in response to the EPA’s supplemental proposed rule for 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), the comments focused on the proposed methodology to account for waived biofuel gallons.

Currently, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers. By using DOE recommendations, the EPA would account for half of the actual gallons waived based on past actions. Therefore, MCGA is asking the EPA use a three-year average of the actual gallons waived by the EPA.

MCGA has worked closely with the National Corn Growers Association to hold the EPA accountable in its actions undermining the RFS. Since early 2018, the EPA has removed more than 4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of biofuels from the nation’s supply. Comments submitted Friday by both MCGA and NCGA were the latest actions demanding the EPA follows the law set by the RFS.

“Corn farmers have been asking EPA to follow the law for the last few years especially when it comes to the significant expansion of exemptions granted to refineries under the RFS,” MCGA President Les Anderson said. “…The current proposal does not ensure an accurate projection for waived gallons. The final 2020 RVO and future rulemakings should use the most recent three-year average of waivers granted to ensure a more accurate projection of waived gallons.”

Nearly 350 Minnesota farmers joined 2,000 nationally in submitting comments to the EPA prior to the Nov. 29 deadline. MCGA thanks the state’s corn growers for their continued grassroots efforts to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and protect the ethanol market.

A timeline for the release of the final RVO rule has not yet been determined, but it is expected to be released before the end of the year.

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