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EPA Needs More Time To Consider RFS Waiver Request

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson released a statement today announcing that given the amount of work that remains to sufficiently answer the Texas request for a waiver from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), a final decision on the request will not be completed by July 24.

In late April, Texas officially requested a waiver from the RFS.  AMI submitted comments in support of the petition, citing multiple reasons the waiver should be granted, including a number of economic harms caused by the corn-ethanol mandates which are already apparent, severe and imminent.  

Shortly after receiving the waiver request, EPA initiated a public comment period during which it received over 15,000 comments and a number of these comments raised substantive issues and included significant economic analysis.

 “I believe it is very important to take sufficient time to review and understand these comments in order to make an informed decision,” said Johnson. "EPA is also required to consult with the Departments of Agriculture and Energy in considering whether to grant or deny the waiver request and has begun these consultations.”

EPA hopes to make a final determination on the waiver by early August.

For more information, go to http://www.foodbeforefuel.org/ or http://www.balancedfoodandfuel-old.org/.

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