Restaurant organization blasts EPA for RFS inaction

Group says EPA and White House have put best interest of producers, businesses and consumers on hold to accommodate the ethanol lobby

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has expressed its frustration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Barack Obama administration for failing to act on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandate.

NCCR on November 20 issued the following statement from its executive director, Rob Green: “In a bizarre move, the EPA inexplicably ignored the law and refused to make a crucial final decision on the 2014 RFS volumes.

“By backtracking on their initial recommendation on the ethanol mandate quota, the White House and EPA have chosen to accommodate a small group of ethanol lobbyists at the expense of American consumers and diners, the nation’s small business restaurant owners and all businesses that support and sustain the food supply chain.

“This unbelievable non-announcement demonstrates once and for all that the EPA, because of statutory and political considerations, cannot fix the failure of the RFS.

“Members of Congress should take note. The federal RFS ethanol mandate is irrevocably broken and needs to be repealed immediately. It is time that Congress take the RFS ‘off the menu’ once and for all.”

Since the RFS was implemented in 2006, costs for vital food commodities including corn, grain, poultry and meat have risen dramatically, driving up the price of food items in the nation’s restaurants and grocery stores.

NCCR is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.