Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released $700 million in COVID relief funds for biofuel producers congress authorized late last year. An additional $100 million will be dedicated to infrastructure grants to improve access to higher blends of ethanol.
NCB and NeCGA (collectively known as “Nebraska Corn”) issued the following statements on the proposed rule:
“While we are appreciative of the EPA’s denial of refinery waivers, we’re disappointed with today’s blend volumes released,” said Andy Jobman, NeCGA president and farmer from Gothenburg. “Ethanol has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 46% compared to traditional gasoline, making it an immediate solution to combat climate change. EPA’s proposed biofuel volumes are completely contradictory to the President’s ambitious goals of scaling back greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and significantly undermine the integrity of the RFS.”
“Nebraska corn farmers continue to be frustrated by the lack of support for the RFS,” said Jay Reiners, NCB chairman and farmer from Juniata. “We cannot continue to wait on the EPA to advance higher blends of biofuels, and we must focus on the Next Generation Fuels Act to benefit farmers and our environment. This piece of legislation is an opportunity to greatly improve liquid fuel, keeping it relevant, competitive and affordable in our transition to low-carbon transportation.”