EPA IGNORES IL CORN FARMER CONCERNS WITH PLAN TO RESTORE ETHANOL MARKET
In response to the EPA’s final rule on the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) and the understanding that the EPA will not be reallocating all previously waived gallons in future RVO numbers, the Illinois Corn Growers Association President Bill Leigh of Minonk issued the following statement:
“The EPA has ignored the request of corn farmers across America by issuing a final rule that does not reallocate actual waived ethanol gallons. This is disappointing. The final rule does offer a process for reallocating waived gallons that is better than previous years.
“We continue to look to the administration to address the regulatory barriers to higher blends of ethanol that we assumed were included in President Trump’s promise to farmers but have yet to see articulated in any rulemaking process. We will continue to push for access to blend 15 billion gallons of ethanol in future rulemaking processes to align with Congressional intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“Thank you to the 600 Illinois corn farmers, Illinois congressman and agribusiness professionals that joined voices to comment to the EPA on this issue.”
About the Illinois Corn Growers Association
Illinois Corn Growers Association is a state-based organization that represents the interests of corn farmers in Illinois, maintaining a high profile on issues in Washington, DC, and Springfield, IL. They aim to create and maintain opportunities for Illinois corn farmers to capture more value for their product. In order to fulfill this mission, the organization conducts governmental affairs activities at all levels, market development projects, and educational and member service programs. For further information regarding their work and involvement, visit their website www.ilcorn.org.