I was disappointed that the EPA announced a few weeks ago that it proposes to reduce the renewable fuel mandate. This decision being considered in Washington has the potential to destabilize the robust industry that our company serves.
Every year the Pratt Energy ethanol plant converts millions of bushels of corn and milo into millions of gallons of fuel ethanol. We also produce thousands of pounds of oil each day along with hundreds of tons of distiller grain, a high quality feed ingredient ideal for livestock.
Ethanol made from corn and milo gives farmers a steady demand for their products. If you are a farmer or small business owner in Kansas, you are no doubt aware of how the renewable fuels industry benefits our local economy.
Since President Bush signed the Renewable Fuel Standard into law in 2005, Kansas has gained almost 9,000 jobs and 2.6 billion dollars in economic output. This has given our state a much-needed economic boost, particularly in rural areas where it is needed the most.
If you, like me, are concerned about this, tell the EPA. They are accepting comments until July 27, 2015. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0111 at www.regulations.gov.
A strong RFS is critical to our local farmers and to the renewable fuel industry in Kansas.
President, Pratt Energy, LLC