In recent years, the number of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) from the EPA has increased dramatically, blending fewer gallons of renewable fuels into gasoline. In the last three years, more than 4 billion gallons of renewable fuel obligations have been exempted.
This greatly impacts farmers who grow corn for ethanol. They have watched demand for their crop shrink as corn used in ethanol production fell by 229 million bushels in the last year. On top of that, these exemptions go against standards set by Congress to increase America’s energy independence through a robust renewable fuels industry.
The EPA has released a supplemental proposal to restore the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but it fails to recognize the considerable use of 85 SREs in the last three years, action that has eroded ethanol production.
The current supplemental proposal bases 2020 exemptions on a three-year rolling average of recommended exemptions by the Department of Energy, rather than the actual average, which is much higher. EPA’s proposal:
- Does not restore integrity to the RFS
- Could result in backsliding of ethanol production
- Will prevent market recovery for farmers and keep plants closed
Write the EPA now and tell the agency that, to ensure accurate accounting for exemptions in 2020 and beyond, it must use a rolling average of actual SREs. Doing otherwise will hurt America’s farmers and decrease our energy independence.
The comment period closes November 29.
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