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National Wildlife Federation backs governors’ requests for RFS relief

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In a recent blog post on its website, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) note that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has become the most recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) petitioner seeking a general waiver to reduce 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations.

The move echoes the requests of six state governors.

NWF President and CEO Collin O’Mara wrote to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler stressing the need for smaller biofuel mandates. The AFPM pointed out the following key quotes from the letter:

  • “The RFS currently requires about 19 billion gal. of fuel derived from plants to be blended into gasoline. The overwhelming majority of that fuel is corn ethanol, and today 40% of the corn produced in the United States goes into our gas tanks.”
  • “Increasing mandated blending levels increases the potential for further land conversion, presenting a marked threat to the battle against global climate change, with its consequent catastrophic effects on human health and the environment. Higher blends of ethanol necessitated by unrealistic RVOs diminish public health.”
  • “In light of the clear and present danger to the environment, we join with the governors of six states in asking for a waiver to the RVO.”

Read more about NWF’s case for an RFS waiver in the organisation’s full letter.

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