Indiana Corn and Soybean Grower organizations are pushing hard for their members to send comments to the EPA in opposition to the agency’s proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline in 2014. The agency’s proposal is currently undergoing a public comment period. In a letter to members on Wednesday, ICGA said, “The EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until 11:59 p.m. EST January 28, 2014. Please use the links below to send a response and tell the EPA; it needs to maintain the RFS for corn ethanol at 14.4 billion gallons and biodiesel at 1.7 billion gallons. Your comment will be public and discoverable on the Internet. Please click on one of the links below and take five minutes to send a brief response directly to the EPA.
Corn Growers: Click here to go to NCGA’s RFS page to submit your comment directly to EPA.
In addition, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly has sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing his concerns regarding the EPA’s proposal for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Donnelly said, “I remain frustrated and disappointed that the EPA has proposed lowering the volume of renewable-fuels required in our fuel supply. Supporting domestic energy production like the ethanol and biodiesel coming from Hoosier farms is critical to lessening our dependence on foreign oil and boosting Indiana’s economy.”
On Thursday, Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann will lead a delegation of Hoosiers to Iowa to testify in support of ethanol and biofuels. The delegation will include: Ted McKinney, Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture; Kyle Cline, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc.; Mike Shuter, Farmer and former president of Indiana Corn Marketing Council; Dave Lyons, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, LLC; Tim Phelps, Ethanol Producers Association; Bruce Hosier, Randolph Economic Development Corporation and former Mayor of Portland, IN. The occasion is the Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuels Standard – hosted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.