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AMI Files Comments in Support of Renewable Fuels Standard Waiver
Says Corn Ethanol Mandate Causing Substantial Losses Nationwide

Monday, June 23, 2008

The American Meat Institute (AMI) today submitted comments supporting the petition for a waiver of a portion of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that the State of Texas filed with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) on April 25, 2008.


“We are submitting these comments in support of this petition because the new, elevated ethanol mandates, enacted by Congress in December 2007, are and will continue to severely harm the economy of Texas, our members, and the United States of America if the EPA does not grant this waiver,” wrote J. Patrick Boyle, President and CEO of the American Meat Institute.

            “The rapid increase of this diversion of corn severely impacted and will continue to harm our member companies, their investments, employees, and most immediate suppliers, producers of livestock and poultry that are competing against this government mandate,” added Boyle.


            Within its comments, AMI cites 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.  Reasons include:



“Harm from the expanding mandate is already occurring and Congress authorized the Administrator to act immediately under the conditions we are seeing today. Accordingly, we respectfully request the Administrator to reduce the ethanol portion of the RFS mandate…This action is necessary to prevent further severe harm to the economy of the United States,” the comments conclude.


To view AMI’s comments in their entirety, visit http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/38931 And for more information, go to http://www.foodbeforefuel.org/  and http://www.balancedfoodandfuel-old.org/.

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