Egg Industry News and Commentary

  —  Mar 8

 
RFS Reform Act Reintroduced

    

Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR) and Peter Welch (D-VT) have reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act (H.R. 1315). 

This proposed legislation would eliminate the corn-based ethanol requirements contributing to the RFS.

 

Mike Brown president of the National Chicken Council stated, “This is the perfect time to get these important and well considered reform proposals on the drawing board.”  He added, “There is widespread dissatisfaction across the board with the RFS, and the EPA’s administration of it.  Reform of the RFS is inevitable and this bipartisan legislation is a good place to start.”

The proposed legislation creates a dilemma for the President who endorsed corn-based ethanol in pre-election statements but at the same time recognizes the problems associated with EPA administration and over-regulation.  There are possibly sufficient votes in Congress to pass the legislation over bipartisan opposition from corn-belt legislators but it remains to be seen whether the President will exercise a veto based on the support extended to him by Midwest states to whom he is indebted for his Electoral College victory.