National Corn Growers Association requests extension for ethanol waiver comments

More time needed for review due to harvest season, says association president

The National Corn Growers Association has requested a 30-day extension on the Environmental Protection Agency‘s 30-day comment period regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard waiver requested by multiple members of the U.S. government and agriculture industries. 

According to association President Garry Niemeyer, the current comment period, which began the last week of August, does not provide sufficient time for a thorough analysis of the waiver, coming as it does during the beginning of harvest season — one of the busiest times of the year for farmers. “Also, with the crop still in the field, it is too early to determine this year’s final corn supply,” said Niemeyer. Currently, the comment period will close at the end of September. After that time, the Environmental Protection Agency will have an additional 60 days to make a decision. The association said it plans to submit comments before the deadline.