Farm leaders are giving mixed reviews to EPA’s just-proposed 2018 renewable fuel volume targets under the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard.
National Corn Growers President Wesley Spurlock says EPA’s proposal to keep the so-called renewable volume obligation for conventional corn ethanol unchanged from this year is good for farmers and rural communities who dealt with RFS uncertainty the last 3-years.
Others were less supportive. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was “disappointed” EPA proposed no increase in biodiesel production, as well as cuts to advanced biofuels and cellulosic ethanol…cuts that he argues will have a “chilling effect” on investment in the next generation of biofuels.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson read from a prepared statement that while the proposed volume for conventional ethanol meets the RFS statute, volumes proposed for advanced biofuels fail to meet President Trump’s biofuels commitment to farmers.
Johnson says the EPA proposal will ultimately fall nearly 7-billion gallons short of levels Congress prescribed and urged EPA to reconsider the cuts when it finalizes a rule by November 30th. The Renewable Fuels Association also expressed concern about the lower volume target for cellulosic ethanol, but praised that for conventional ethanol, saying it will help drive investment in facilities to accommodate higher ethanol blends.