Food Chain Coalition Urges Congress to Act after Administration Fails to Address Problems with Ethanol Mandate

For immediate release: 
30 Nov 2015

Stephanie Stouffer
(202) 778-1080

sstouffer@apcoworldwide.com

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2015 –The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandate in 2015 and 2016. This decision comes after the EPA proposed to reduce the ethanol volumes earlier this year. EPA’s action today backtracks on its initial proposal and means the corn ethanol mandate will continue to harm the American economy, food retailers and American consumers.

“The reduction in the ethanol volume requirement, although welcome, isn’t enough,” said coalition member Rob Green, Executive Director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR). The EPA is ignoring the clear research and data which demonstrates the economic harm that this broken policy inflicts on small businesses, American diners. The EPA has kicked the can of corn down the road and now Congress needs to act to pass pending bipartisan legislation to address the broken RFS. It’s time to take the RFS off the menu once and for all.” 

Since the RFS was implemented in 2006, costs for vital food commodities including corn, grain, poultry and meat have risen dramatically, driving the price of food items in the nation’s restaurants and grocery stores up to unprecedented levels. The effect is a devastating chain reaction throughout the U.S. economy, one that has impacted farmers, small business owners and American consumers. In particular, chain restaurants and their franchises, some of America’s strongest small business and economic drivers, are feeling the brunt of the RFS.

Lead by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), there are currently four pieces of active legislation in Congress: H.R. 703, H.R. 704, S. 577, and S. 1584. RFS Off the Menu will continue to work with Congress in 2016 to repeal this flawed law.

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“RFS Off the Menu: Feed Food Fairness” is supported by small business chain restaurateurs and other members of America’s food chain. To learn more visit www.RFSOfftheMenu.org.