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AMI Requests Extension of Comment Period on Ethanol Petition

Thursday, April 30, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

AMI joined a diverse array of more than 30 organizations in requesting an extension of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comment period for a petition that would increase the permitted amount of ethanol in gasoline from its current 10 percent level to 15 percent.  The EPA Docket No: [EPA–HQ–OAR–2009–0211; FRL–8894–5], “Notice of Receipt of a Clean Air Act Waiver Application to Increase the Allowable Ethanol Content of Gasoline to 15 Percent; Request for Comment,” was published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2009.

In a letter addressed to the EPA Docket Clerk, the organizations expressed their appreciation of agency’s efforts in soliciting comments on this waiver application.  However, the letter noted that because of the  complexity and highly technical nature of the application’s potential implications, a 60-day extension would be needed, given the diverse array of parties that would be impacted, as well as the limited time to review [EPA–HQ– OAR–2009–0211; FRL–8894–5].

“Granting this request will allow all interested stakeholders a more appropriate opportunity to develop useful and substantive comments for the Agency to consider. We believe it is important that all stakeholders be provided adequate review time,” the letter stated.

To view the letter in its entirety, click here: www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/49219

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