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ICGA Applauds Braley and Loebsack for Meeting with EPA Administrator to Support the Renewable Fuels Standard

January 16, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Iowa Corn Growers Association applauds the efforts of Congressmen Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack who met yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Gina McCarthy to express concern over the EPA's recent proposal to reduce the renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

On November 15, 2013 the EPA released its proposed rule for 2014 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The EPA proposed cutting the RVO for conventional renewable fuel from the statutory level of 14.4 billion gallons to 13.01 billion gallons.

“Since the Environmental Protection Agency announced in November a proposed 10% cut in corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Roger Zylstra, a farmer and current President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, “the Iowa Corn Growers Association along with the National Corn Growers Association have been working hard to solicit comments from our legislators and our grassroots members.” To date, over 12,000 total comments are on file at the EPA, but more support comments are needed. ICGA is proud to have the Iowa delegation support on this critical corn issue.

All of Iowa’s congressional delegation continues to be supportive of the ethanol industry and realize its importance for Iowans. They see the impact on local jobs, fuel prices at the pump and next generation renewable fuels.

The Iowa Corn Growers Association will be participating in the Hearing in the Heartland hosted by Governor Branstad on January 23 in Des Moines as well as working through local county associations to submit comments. The deadline to submit additional comments is January 28th.

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Mindy Williamson
Iowa Corn Communications & PR Director




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