The House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research held a hearing Wednesday to review the impact of indirect land use provisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This hearing comes one day after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would revise the current RFS program and implement several changes to renewable fuel requirements.

"We appreciate the subcommittee's attention to this very important issue," NCGA Ethanol Committee Chairman Steve Ruh said. "There continue to be major concerns with the EPA's proposal and NCGA looks forward to working with the House Agriculture Committee, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and EPA to address these concerns."

Subcommittee Chairman Tim Holden and Ranking Member Bob Goodlatte indicated they will send a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting a 120 day extension of the existing 60 day comment period. The hearing included two panels of witnesses. The first panel consisted of government representatives and the second panel consisted of representatives from the scientific, academic, biodiesel and forestry industries.