Last week the Environmental Protection Agency started the 30-day comment period on the waiver request of the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Aug. 31, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting an additional 30-day extension, citing harvest and the uncertainty of this year’s corn crop.
“Across the nation our members are beginning harvest, one of the busiest times of the year,” Niemeyer wrote. “Given the demands of harvest, I am concerned that the proposed 30-day comment period will not provide sufficient time for a thorough analysis of the proposed waiver and would hinder farmer participation in this important policy process. Also, with the crop still in the field, it is too early to determine this year’s final corn supply.”
Currently, the comment period will close at the end of September. After that time, EPA will have an additional 60 days to make a decision. NCGA plans to submit comments before the deadline. During the previous comment period in 2008 for a partial waiver of the RFS, EPA received more than 15,000 submissions from throughout the country.
To read the entire letter to EPA, click here.