The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period regarding whether or not to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to Oct. 11.
The EPA has been collecting comments and was planning to end the period later this month, but due to the far-reaching impact of the issue and the fact that harvest is in full swing and tying up farmers' time, a longer timeline was needed.
Several state governors, congressment and agricultural associations, including the National Pork Producers Council, want EPA to rescind the RFS due to the extreme impact that this summer's drought has had on the U.S. corn crop.
Bob Dinnen, president and chief executive officer of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), says it is time for all interested parties to "get their comments in to EPA to have their voices heard on the issue."
In this edition of "The Ethanol Report," Dinnen talks about why it's important for ethanol interests to make comments on the waiver request and outline why they still believe a waiver is unnecessary.
Of course, NPPC encourages pork producers to do the same and illustrate how the drought and ethanol production has impacted overall corn availablity and its impact on pork production. Information on how to proceed with comments is available at nppc.org.