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Media Release: Gov. Ricketts Applauds EPA’s 2019 RFS Blending Levels

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Eric Maher, 402-471-1974

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) release of the final rule setting the 2019 renewable fuel blending levels under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):


“I commend Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler and the U.S. EPA for the agency’s timely release of the final 2019 biofuel blending levels under the RFS,” said Governor Ricketts.  “The RFS continues to be a crucial driver of biofuel investment and demand in Nebraska—the nation’s second largest ethanol producer.  Biofuels create significant value-added agriculture market opportunities and benefits for our farmers, producers, and rural communities.  The increase in the cellulosic and advanced volumes requirements for 2019 sends an important market signal that will help Nebraska producers meet the original goals of the RFS, so that increasing volumes of those fuels—in addition to conventional ethanol—will become a part of the nation’s fuel supply.  I am encouraged by the robust 2019 blending levels and look forward to working with the agency to ensure that small refinery waivers do not inadvertently reduce the volumes.”


More information about the EPA’s final rule setting the 2019 renewable fuel blending levels under the federal RFS can be found here.