A Nebraska Congressman accuses the Environmental Protection Agency of again defying Congress.
Congressman Adrian Smith says the EPA doesn’t have the right to require less ethanol be used for the national Renewable Fuel Standard.
“I believe that this is in conflict with what Congress established, especially given the various dynamics out there in the marketplace where there is a sufficient supply (of corn-based ethanol),” Smith tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
The EPA has announced it will require only 14.5 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol for the Renewable Fuel Standard, short of the 15 billion gallons outlined by Congress in establishing the RFS.
Smith objects to the EPA decision to lower the ethanol requirement in the RFS by 500 million gallons.
“I think that reducing red tape and encouraging innovation is the best way to really focus on our energy needs, whether that’s looking at reducing pollution, offering consumers more options, I think that innovation is the way to go rather than the heavy hand of the federal government,” Smith says.
Smith has sponsored legislation to allow E-15, a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol, to be sold year-round, rather than seasonally. Most ethanol blends contain 10% ethanol.