Nine agricultural organizations filed suit in federal court Tuesday to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision that allows gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15, for vehicles manufactured in the 2007 model year or later, according to Meatingplace.com.
The groups include The American Meat Institute, National Pork Producers Council, National Meat Association, National Turkey Federation and the National Chicken Council.
The Coalition objects to the EPA’s decision on the grounds that granting a “partial waiver” of the Clean Air Act and allowing E15 to be used only in cars built after model year 2006 is not within the agency’s legal authority. The petitioners argue that under the Clean Air Act the EPA administrator may only grant a waiver for a new fuel additive if it “will not cause or contribute to a failure of any emission control device or system.”
“Corn prices have increased since USDA released estimates that corn production for this year was going to be 3.4 percent less than 2009,” said AMI President and chief executive officer J. Patrick Boyle. “This will put pressure on the meat and poultry supply, which will lead to higher food prices for consumers. For those consumers worried about climbing food prices, this decision will increase the amount of corn being diverted to our gas tanks and away from meat and poultry production. It’s unfortunate that EPA acted hastily and approved the use of E15, and now the American consumer will pay for it at the grocery store.”
Barry Carpenter, chief executive officer for the National Meat Association said: “National Meat Association is joining this petition because EPA has overstepped its legal authority and taken action contrary to the interests of consumers and food producers. NMA believes the petition is necessary to defend against the cost increases and food insecurity that will result from EPA's action."
National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger contends the “EPA completely disregarded the legitimate scientific concerns surrounding E15.” National Chicken Council Chief Economist Bill Roenigk notes that “Any unnecessary and arbitrary action by the government that would exacerbate the situation for traditional corn users is very questionable and an unwise move at this time.”
Source: Meatingplace.com, AMI