Georgia Governor Petitions EPA  to limit Ethanol Mandates    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/1...
Summary: In response to the   unprecedented drought that is decimating crops in large areas of  the South and Midwest, Geo...
(August 22, 2012) – Georgia Governor Nathan     Deal has made a formal petition to the   Environmental Protection Agency (...
Under the ethanol mandates, ethanol fuel made from corn is blended with gasoline to   encourage the development of domesti...
Farmers complain that this policy wrongly    diverts a large share of the feed corn they   need for their livestock and dr...
Georgia is the fifth state to join in the request for a waiver          of the Renewable Fuel Standard, joiningMaryland, D...
The EPA announced on August 20, 2012 that   it would consider the petitions that it has    received and has begun collecti...
The EPAs request for public comments regarding the waiver of the              Renewable Fuel Standard is available athttp:...
In addition to the EPAs official site, a number    of other websites are helping to spreadawareness about the need for adj...
"We feel it is very important to get the news out about how crucial the ethanol mandate      waiver would be for Georgia l...
To find out more about current news and events             in Georgia, please visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-...
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Georgia Governor Petitions EPA to limit Ethanol Mandates

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In response to the unprecedented drought that is decimating crops in large areas of the South and Midwest, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is asking the EPA to suspend regulations that require a large share of the US corn crop to be used to produce ethanol.

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Georgia Governor Petitions EPA to limit Ethanol Mandates

  1. 1. Georgia Governor Petitions EPA to limit Ethanol Mandates http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  2. 2. Summary: In response to the unprecedented drought that is decimating crops in large areas of the South and Midwest, GeorgiaGovernor Nathan Deal is asking the EPA to suspend regulations thatrequire a large share of the US corncrop to be used to produce ethanol. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  3. 3. (August 22, 2012) – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has made a formal petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the federal ethanol mandates of theRenewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a response to the severe drought which is affecting major grain-producing areas of the Southern and Midwestern US. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  4. 4. Under the ethanol mandates, ethanol fuel made from corn is blended with gasoline to encourage the development of domestic energy sources. The current policy requires refiners to blend 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol into gasoline supplies during 2012 and 13.8 billion gallons next year. As aresult, about 40% of the total corn production in the United States will be used to produce ethanol, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  5. 5. Farmers complain that this policy wrongly diverts a large share of the feed corn they need for their livestock and drives up corn prices that have already inflated by the unusually long dry season. In fact, Governor Deals petition to the EPA states that poultry farmers in Georgia are collectively spendingabout $1.4 million more in feed costs each day due to combined effects of the drought and the ethanol rules. According to the Governor, these higher costs are causing severe economic harm and threaten to putlivestock producers in Georgia out of business. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  6. 6. Georgia is the fifth state to join in the request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, joiningMaryland, Delaware, North Carolina, and Arkansas. Several U.S. Senators and Representatives as well as severallivestock producers also have signed letters indicating their support of an RFS waiver. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  7. 7. The EPA announced on August 20, 2012 that it would consider the petitions that it has received and has begun collecting public comments on these waiver requests as a firststep in the review process. The comments will be used to judge what effects the current mandate will have on the US economy if it is not adjusted. Comments will be collected for 30 days, and the EPA will evaluate them and reach a decision within 90 days. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  8. 8. The EPAs request for public comments regarding the waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard is available athttp://www.epa.gov/oms/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/2012-rfs- waiver-request-comment.pdf http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  9. 9. In addition to the EPAs official site, a number of other websites are helping to spreadawareness about the need for adjustments in the Renewable Fuel Standard in the wake of the ongoing US drought. Among these is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia- Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658, a Facebook fanpage that offers an online community where people can share their thoughts and comments about the latest Georgia news and events. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  10. 10. "We feel it is very important to get the news out about how crucial the ethanol mandate waiver would be for Georgia livestockfarmers," notes page administrator S.S. Ober- Lehn. "And Facebooks international appeal makes the Georgia Proud to Call It Home fanpage a natural place for anyone who is concerned about the rising costs of corn and its effects on Georgias agriculture and economy to come together to discuss this serious situation and help spread awareness about it." http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658
  11. 11. To find out more about current news and events in Georgia, please visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It- Home/132453750231658 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Proud-to-Call-It-Home/132453750231658

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