Take Action: EPA Seeks Public Input on Ethanol Mandate Waiver Requests

August 22, 2012

Following pressure from four governors and more than 150 lawmakers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said earlier this week that it is considering whether to suspend the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and is requesting public feedback, Congressional Quarterly reports. The agency’s 30-day comment period will begin when the notice is published in the Federal Register.

“This notice is in keeping with EPA's commitment to an open and transparent process to evaluate requests the agency receives under the Clean Air Act, and does not indicate any predisposition to a specific decision,” said EPA spokeswoman Alisha Johnson.

Last week, governors from North Carolina and Arkansas filed formal waivers with the EPA, urging it to temporarily suspend the U.S. quota on ethanol made from corn because of this summer’s drought, which has driven corn prices higher, impacting livestock producers who rely on corn for feed.