Ernst comments on RFS volume levels

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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its proposed biofuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016.

“I am disappointed by the EPA’s proposal for biofuel volume mandates under the RFS that do not meet the statutory renewable fuel levels originally set by Congress,” she said. “A strong RFS is critical to our farmers, producers and the entire renewable fuel sector in Iowa.”

“The EPA’s proposal ignores the intent of the law and is 18 months past its deadline. Strong biofuel blending requirements under the RFS encourage innovation in the advanced biofuels sector, increase consumer choice, and drive investment in developing and expanding clean energy alternatives that enhance our rural communities and bolster our Iowa economy,” she added. “Today’s announcement does create some certainty for producers; however, we can and must do better. I will continue pushing for a strong and long-term RFS as the EPA finalizes its rule for 2014 and beyond, that enables our farmers and producers to conduct and grow their businesses in Iowa and across the country.”

Last month, Ernst joined U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and a group of bipartisan Senators urging the Environmental Protection Agency to issue strong biofuels volume requirements for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard and beyond. The Senators asked the EPA to reverse course on their proposed 2014 rule to achieve the long-term and renewable energy goals originally intended by Congress. Click here to read more.

In addition, Ernst commented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement today of a plan to invest up to $100 million in new blending pump installations across the country.

“Contrary to the EPA’s faulty proposal on renewable volume levels under the RFS, the USDA today recognized the demand for effective fuel alternatives as this new infrastructure will support higher blends of ethanol and provide consumers greater biofuel choices at the pump,” she said.