Statement from Indiana Corn Growers on EPA's Proposed 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 18, 2016) – Mike Nichols, a farmer from Spencer County and president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association, released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of proposed renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard:
“While the EPA has moved a bit in the right direction, Indiana corn farmers are disappointed that the agency has continued to set ethanol production levels below those laid out in statute. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working for Indiana and for the United States. The RFS makes our air cleaner, has encouraged investment in rural communities and created good paying, high-tech jobs. It gives drivers more choices at the gas pump and reduces our nation’s crippling dependency on foreign oil. Any reduction in the statutory amount is a step backward for our nation and destabilizes our environment, our economy and our energy security.”
“The EPA has previously pointed to limited fuel infrastructure as one reason for failing to follow the law. Our corn farmers and the ethanol industry have responded. Over the past year, we’ve invested millions of dollars along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership to accelerate public and private investment in new ethanol pumps and fuel infrastructure right here in Indiana. Today, Hoosier drivers have more access to renewable fuel choices than ever. We call on the EPA to follow the law, do its job, and raise the ethanol volume to statute.”
National Corn Growers Association’s statement regarding EPA RVO announcement can be found here.
This communication was NOT funded with Indiana corn checkoff dollars.