Environmental Protection Agency

Corn And Ethanol Producers Upset With Trump Admin

Oct 17, 2019
USDA

South  Dakota corn growers and ethanol producers are frustrated that the Trump administration has rolled back the promise of an ethanol deal that was made earlier this month. The deal would have increased the demand for renewable fuels. 

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels (ethanol). RFS sets the amount of ethanol that refiners must blend.  

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In The Moment ... October 7, 2019 Show 674 Hour 2

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association welcomed President Donald Trump's announcement last week that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to follow the law and maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Lisa Richardson, Executive Director of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, talks about the changes and what this means for corn growers and ethanol producers in the state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Renewable Fuel Standard is a federal program authorized in 2005 requiring fuel sold in the United States to contain a certain amount of renewable fuel.  A waiver program was put in place to help small refineries disproportionately affected by these programs.  Some South Dakota corn producers say recent expansion of the waiver program under the Trump administration is having a negative impact on the state’s ag industry.

Scott Stahl is the Vice President of South Dakota Corn Growers.  He says South Dakota has benefited from the renewable fuel industry.

EPA Boosts Ethanol Market

Dec 1, 2016
South Dakota Corn Growers Association

The Environmental Protection Agency is renewing efforts to give ethanol a bigger market. South Dakota officials see this as an opportunity for producers.

The EPA is requiring over 19 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended with gasoline by 2017. 15 billion of those gallons are corn based ethanol. The new resolution is actually the same as the EPA’s 2007 goal.

Rounds Discusses EPA And Land Rights in Rapid City

Aug 31, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says he’s concerned about private property rights when it comes to EPA regulations. He says he specifically sees issues with regulations in the Waters of the United States rule and the Endangered Species Act.
 
That statement came during a subcommittee hearing in Rapid City on Tuesday. A local scientists says those regulations exists to control what enters waterways and to create a level playing field.