WASHINGTON (November 23, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2017 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations, setting conventional renewable fuels at the 15 billion volume level established by Congress. In response, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement:
“We are appreciative that EPA has raised the RFS volume obligations from their initial proposal to meet the 15 billion volume obligations set by Congress. Today’s action shows a clear commitment to achieving the environmental benefits inherent in conventional ethanol and to protecting the future of advanced biofuels in the market.
“Farmers and ranchers face substantial challenges in a changing climate; today’s announcement encourages family farmers to join in building climate resilience. A regulatory environment that promotes investment in renewable fuels and advancement in biofuels is critical to involving the agriculture community in mitigating the impact of climate change. By properly implementing the RFS, we can collectively do more to meet the Administration’s broader climate goals.
“We look forward to working with the new administration to continue to support proper implementation of the RFS.”