BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring applauded the announcement today of an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The agreement will expand domestic energy production and improve the RFS program by ensuring more than 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol be blended into the nation’s fuel supply beginning in 2020, and that the volume obligation for biomass-based diesel is met while allowing for small refinery relief. The EPA will also initiate a rulemaking process to streamline labeling and remove other barriers to the sale of E15, gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol.
“I appreciate President Trump’s leadership, and EPA and USDA in working to address access to E15 and ensuring the 15-billion-gallon standard is met,” Goehring said. “This is welcome news for our corn and soybean producers as well as our ethanol and biodiesel facilities.”