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Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding EPA Announcement of Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Blend Volumes

LINCOLN, NEB. – “While EPA claims this new rule will ensure the agency meets the Congressionally mandated goal of blending 15 billion gallons of biofuels into our nations fuel supply in 2020, we still have great concerns about EPA having previously granted an excessive number of waivers relieving oil refiners of their legal obligations to blend biofuels.

We are disappointed EPA did not incorporate changes Nebraska Farm Bureau had requested to improve EPA’s accounting of the allowable volume of exemptions. By not making those changes EPA is asking us to trust they will meet the blend target. With that said, we are in the ‘trust but verify’ mode and remain committed to ensuring that 15 billion gallons of blended biofuels as mandated by Congress translates to 15 billion gallons of blended biofuels.”

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