Kansas Corn Thanks Rep. Marshall for Ethanol Work
The Kansas Corn Growers Association, along with the Kansas Soybean Association, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Renew Kansas signed a letter to Congressman Roger Marshall thanking him for his efforts to support the Kansas biofuels industry. The groups cited Congressman Marshall’s efforts cosponsoring the Clean Fuels Deployment Act to build biofuel infrastructure; his support of the Renewable Fuel Standard and standing against misuse of refinery waivers that undermine the RFS, and his support for free trade and market development for biofuels including efforts to achieve fair and equitable treatment of the U.S. ethanol industry in bilateral trade negotiations with Brazil.
The letter states:
You have gone above and beyond in your commitment to helping us emerge as a stronger industry. We applaud your co-sponsorship of the bipartisan Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020, which would provide grant funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel and increase Kansans’ access to cleaner, better fuels.
We also thank you for your strong support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, especially your consistent attention to the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to undercut the program with small refinery exemptions. As you know, these exemptions have a negative impact on Kansas’ biofuel industry and rural communities. We support your call for the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review EPA’s misuse of exemption waivers and the Department of Energy’s viability scores of petitions. Additionally, we appreciate your support in calling on EPA to raise RFS volumes to expand the market for cleaner fuels.
Lastly, we appreciate your support for free trade and market development for Kansas’ biofuel producers. Thank you for joining your colleagues in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer encouraging him to prioritize fair and equitable treatment of the U.S. ethanol industry in bilateral trade negotiations with Brazil. Your efforts appear to be paying off, as Brazil is moving to restore the zero-duty exemption for U.S. ethanol.