NCGA Asks EPA for RFS Waiver Comment Period Extension
The Environmental Protection Agency's 30-day comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard waiver request began yesterday (Thursday) - and National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer sent a letter to Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for an additional 30-days for comments. Niemeyer says farmers across the nation are beginning harvest - which is one of their busiest times of the year - and with the demands of harvest - he is concerned the proposed comment period wouldn't provide enough time for thorough analysis of the proposed waiver. Niemeyer suggests this limited time would hinder farmer participation in such an important policy process. Also - while the crop is still in the field - he says it is too early to determine this year's final corn supply. If the current comment period remains - it will end at the end of September - after which the EPA will have 60-days to make a decision.
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