On July 5, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal failed to include any increases in conventional ethanol usage to make up for waivers granted in past years to small refineries, in addition to falling short of RFS statutory targets.
“Promotion and expansion of renewable fuels is a Nebraska Farm Bureau priority. We’re disappointed in the EPA’s proposal. This is not what farmers were looking for in a tough ag economy,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president. “We need a proposal that recognizes waiver associated losses and advocates for a strong RFS. The EPA did the right thing in allowing year-round E-15. We’ll push the EPA to show similar support by adjusting the volume obligations.”