While announcing its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal this week, the Environmental Protection Agency also announced plans to conduct a public hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. Following its proposal last year, EPA held a public hearing in Kansas City, Kansas. This year’s hearing is planned for Thursday, June 9. The public comment period will remain open until July 11. This week, EPA proposed to increase the renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels. However, ethanol groups say the increases are not enough. The proposal for ethanol is 200 million gallons shy of the 15 billion gallons mandated by Congress.
Groups opposing the EPA proposal include the National Chicken Council, which charges the EPA is creating an artificial demand for corn-based ethanol beyond what the fuel market can bear. The group says the proposal will “have unintended consequences for other corn users,” like livestock producers.
Source: NAFB News Service