WASHINGTON, D.C, U.S. —  In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 27, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)  highlighted the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and urged the EPA to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol volume to statute.

In the comments, NCGA said, “The RFS has spurred growth in agriculture, increased energy diversity and decreased GHG emissions from fossil fuels through the development of renewable energy resources. We urge the agency to stay the course and support this important piece of transformational energy policy, and we request it reconsider its proposed reduction in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume obligations.”

In a letter accompanying NCGA’s comments, NCGA President Chip Bowling wrote, “The RFS is doing exactly what it was intended to do. It is successfully driving the adoption of renewable fuel alternatives to petroleum, supporting jobs across the country, and ensuring the United States remains a global leader in developing new renewable energy sources while decreasing GHG emissions here at home.  [We are asking the EPA to] provide regulatory certainty to the most successful renewable fuel program in place. The continued stability and health of the rural economy and the nation’s environmental improvements hinge upon your decision.”

NCGA’s full comments to the EPA are available, click here.