Could Year-Round E15 be Delayed?

January 21, 2019 12:25 PM

There's concern about what the government shutdown will mean for year-round E15. Right now, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the organization is unable to work on the rule due to the shutdown. During his confirmation hearing last week, Wheeler said the EPA originally planned to roll out the E15 proposal next month, but he said it may be slightly delayed due to the shutdown. He says he's still pushing to get it done before the summer driving season.

Jon Doggett with the National Corn Growers Association says there are other things at play as well. "The other thing that doesn't help is that we have shrunk the federal government workforce significantly, and particularly in places like EPA and agriculture," Doggett says.  "There are 40% fewer EPA employees today than there was 10 years ago, so that means that when we lay things on them, seed traits that need to be approved, ethanol issues that need to be resolved, those things are being done by fewer and fewer people, and then when our government is not functioning and we have the shutdown, that's going to delay it."

Doggett says things are going to have to move a whole lot faster to get E15 approved in time.

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Spell Check

PJ Jahn
Ptown, IL
1/23/2019 10:17 AM

  Just another stab in the back for the ethanol industry, and U.S. corn producers, by the Phony, Counterfeit, Reneging, Lying Conman, Traitor/Trader Trump! Good luck with that! Please remember that the Phony, Counterfeit, Reneging, Lying Conman, Traitor/Trader Trump. And he along with his EPA administrators, has already stolen, and destroyed over 20% of our U.S. domestic ethanol blend market. And not one Republican anywhere, will lift a hand to correct, or stop the illegal, unlawful RFS/RIN waivers issued, and still being issued! Or even talk about it. Sonny Perdue, where are you??? His stooges hide from the truth on this also, and don't want to talk about it either! Hows that work for ya, eh? Just about as the Phony, Lying Conman, said many times as running for election, "I fully support, and defend ethanol, and the RFS! Lies, nothing but lies from the Phony, Lying Conman TRUMP! A spineless, cowardly traitor, in bed with Russia's Putin, and his corrupt mob of thugs.


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