The National Corn Growers Association applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement, issued earlier today, that it will grant a 15-day extension of the comment period on the requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard. This extension, which NCGA requested on August 30, will give farmers a chance to participate more fully in this important policy process and for a more accurate picture of the year’s final corn supply to emerge. “We are pleased to see the EPA take this important action to help ensure that the process outlined in the Renewable Fuel Standard moves forward in a thoughtful, analytical fashion,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “This extension will allow our farmers, who are currently harvesting the crop, to participate more fully and for a more accurate assessment of the final corn supply to emerge.”
To read the original letter requesting the waiver sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, click here.
Originally scheduled to close at the end of September, the comment period will now remain open until October 11, 2012. During a previous comment period in 2008 for a partial waiver of the RFS, EPA received more than 15,000 submissions from throughout the country.