National Corn Growers Association First Vice President and Minden, Iowa, farmer Kevin Ross spoke in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to allow for year-round sales of E15 across the country.
“Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and fuel supply chain,” Ross said. “To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1.”
Ross’s comments came during a hearing held as part of the rulemaking that would remove outdated regulations requiring retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15, a blend of gasoline and 15% ethanol approved for all vehicles 2001 and newer, during the summer months.
Year-round E15 is a no-costs means for farmers to grow demand. It also saves drivers between 3 and 10 cents per gallon and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
During the hearing, Ross also spoke on the negative impacts EPA’s expansive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers for refiners have had on farmers who are already struggling amid declining farm incomes and trade disruptions. NCGA has urged the EPA to rein in RFS exemptions provided to profitable refiners.
Ross also urged caution around the proposed rule’s complex RIN market reform proposal.
“To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1, as well as keep the complex RIN market reform proposal from weighing down the E15 rule,” Ross said.