President Trump says he’ll support lifting restrictions on ethanol sales, a move that could provide a boost to Nebraska corn growers.
There are still questions, however, if a waiver to allow E-15 to be sold year-round would require Congressional action.
Lynn Chrisp, of Hastings, is first vice-president of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board. He says the association believes the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to make that change.
“We have taken a stand for a long time that this can be an administrative fix, as far as extending the waivers to E15 and blends above that,” Chrisp said.
The EPA currently bans the sale of E-15 during the summer months. At the same time, the corn growers group continues to call on the EPA to stop giving RIN (renewable identification number) hardship exemptions to oil refiners.
“It has a real negative effect on the RFS (Renewable Fuels Standard), to the point that it’s going to reduce the obligation by as much as a billion gallons – which is just something that cannot happen,” Chrisp said.
It looks like the E-15 and RIN issues could get tied up in the courts for some time. According to Chrisp, the NCGA is “up for that fight.”
There are 24 ethanol plants in Nebraska that produce a total of more than two-billion gallons each year. Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer behind only Iowa.
Thanks to Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News