WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the finalized 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) and 2019 biomass-based diesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):
“The volumes released today provide greater clarity for Nebraska’s agriculture producers and the innovators focused on the future of biofuels. I appreciate Administrator Pruitt’s continued commitment to rural America. This final rule will spur investment in Americans who feed the world and provide renewable solutions for our nation’s energy needs.”
Under the final rule, the EPA set the total renewable fuel volume mandate at 19.29 billion gallons. This includes 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel.
Nebraska is the second largest ethanol producing state in the nation. The state has 25 ethanol plants that have the capacity to produce more than 2 billion gallons annually. Ethanol contributes $5 billion to Nebraska’s economy each year and provides Nebraskans with more than 1,300 full-time jobs.
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