Renewable Fuels Association defends RFS after Governors request a waiver

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, August 14, 2012-   North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue submitted an official waiver request of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) responded to the request today, saying a waiver "would do more harm than good to America's economy and its energy security."
She joins the Governors of Arkansas, Delaware and Maryland, all key livestock and poultry states, in seeking the request.

“The Environmental Protection Agency should reject Governor Perdue's waiver request out of hand,” according to RFA's statement. “While this drought has caused stress in many agricultural communities, it has not caused the kind of widespread economic harm that is the threshold for EPA to act."

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Perdue's request follows a letter to the EPA from the Governors of Delaware and Maryland in support of the livestock sector's appeal to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to issue a waiver of the mandate. All three governors are Democrats. 

The EPA is required to consider a waiver of the RFS if an official request comes from a refiner or governor. However, the RFA argued that “a waiver of the RFS will not provide the relief meat and livestock producers seek nor will it make it rain on dry corn fields and pastures.”

“What waiving the RFS would do is send chilling signals to investors in new biofuel technologies, threaten to force gas prices higher than they already are, and dramatically lower the availability of ethanol feed products on which the livestock industry is growing to rely,” according to the statement.

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