Source: Nataional Corn Growers Association

The National Corn Growers Association welcomed a decision last week by California regulators that will begin to reflect ethanol's significantly superior emissions profile compared to gasoline. However, NCGA remained critical of the timing and the process which allowed immature science to penalize this critically needed fuel.

"There are inherent risks in using a computer model to guide regulation or establish policy and this dramatic revision makes that very clear," said NCGA President Bart Schott, a corn grower from Kulm, N.D . Ethanol's reputation has been harmed by the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) highly publicized effort to implement its low carbon fuel standard, but this is a step in the right direction."

New rules for transportation fuel emissions are scheduled to come into effect in less than two months, but it could be Spring 2011 before the announced changes are put into practical application. Schott noted NCGA's ongoing concerns that a wide variety of critical industries as well as consumers across the U.S. will feel the effects of the miscalculation by CARB. 

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