The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on letters requesting a waiver of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Governors from Arkansas and North Carolina submitted separate requests for a waiver. Section 211(o)(7)(A) of the Clean Air Act allows EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the national volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard program in whole or in part if implementation of those requirements would severely harm the economy or environment of a state, a region or the United States, or if the administrator determines that there is inadequate domestic supply of renewable fuel.
Governors in Maryland and Delaware as well as 156 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 34 U.S. senators and a coalition of livestock, poultry, meat, dairy and feed organizations have also argued that a RFS waiver is needed to help provide relieve from high corn prices caused by the mandate and the drought.
Comments will be accepted for 30 days and then the EPA has 90 days to decide on the RFS waiver petitions.
The Federal Register notice is available at www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/2012-rfs-waiver-request-comment.pdf.