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Biofuel Trade Groups, Companies Commend Senators’ Action in Calling for Increased RFS RVO Levels in 2017

March 24, 2016


WASHINGTON On Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) along with 17 other senators sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging them to follow the congressional intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by increasing blending targets under the RFS for 2017. The biofuels community commended the senators for their unwavering support for a strong and robust RFS and for sending a clear message to the EPA. We want to thank all 19 senators for highlighting the biofuel industrys concerns with EPA incorrectly citing distribution infrastructure as a factor in setting the 20142016 blending targets, and urging the agency to reverse course for the 2017 rule by simply following congressional intent. That is the very heart of why we and other biofuel groups filed a lawsuit in January against EPA. Getting the RFS back to the statutory levels congress intended is critical in moving our nation forward to energy independence by using cleaner burning, homegrown biofuels, like ethanol, which reduce harmful emissions and our reliance on foreign oil imports. As important, returning to the statutory levels intended by Congress will provide the necessary certainty producers need to move forward with critical business decisions. Back in the fall of 2015, Administrator McCarthy addressed biofuels stakeholders, saying, EPA is working hard to make sure that the Renewable Fuel Standard program is actually moving towards the levels that Congress intended. We are hopeful that the EPA will follow through on their commitment, releasing a rule that reflects this and eliminates the possibility of any distribution waivers. We appreciate the steadfast commitment of these senators to ensure the RFS is enacted as originally envisioned and encourage the EPA to heed the recommendations of these senators, to indeed get the RFS back on track as the agency has promised. Click here to review the letter the senators sent to EPA.   About the Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association is the leading trade association for Americas ethanol industry. Its mission is to advance the development, production, and use of ethanol fuel by strengthening Americas ethanol industry and raising awareness about the benefits of renewable fuels. RFAs members are working to help America become cleaner, safer, more energy independent and economically secure. For more information, visit About Growth Energy Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing Americas economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at About NCGA Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers. For more information, visit About AEM The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-based international trade group representing more than 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.. For more information, visit About ABBC The Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) represents worldwide leaders in the effort to develop and commercialize next generation, advanced biofuels and bio-based products. Our members include those in the advanced biofuel production and technology sectors making low carbon fuels and other bio-based products from feedstocks such as agricultural by-products and sustainable energy crops, municipal and agricultural waste, and algae. For more information, visit About BIO BIO is the worlds largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the worlds largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIOs blog chronicling innovations transforming our world and the BIO Newsletter is the organizations bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter. About ADM For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, were one of the worlds largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 innovation centers and the worlds premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at About POET POET, one of the worlds largest ethanol producers, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 28-year-old company has a production capacity in excess of 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol and 9 billion pounds of high-protein animal feed annually from its network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit