Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made its long awaited decision to increase ethanol usage in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In June, the EPA released a proposed rule with significantly lower biofuel requirements, so as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Biofuels Caucus, Bustos fought back and helped secure this improved standard.
“To break our addiction to foreign fossil fuels and create more good-paying American jobs, we need to invest in American energy sources such as Illinois’ biofuel industry,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While I am disappointed that the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t go further to grow our biofuel economy, I’m pleased that we were able to convince the EPA to increase ethanol usage standards. I will continue working hard to ensure that our state is in position to support the ethanol industry now and for years to come.”
Bustos has been a strong supporter of Illinois biofuels. She has toured ethanol facilities in the region and recognizes the important role the industry plays in rural economies. In October, Congresswoman Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of legislators urged the EPA to increase the biofuel portfolio in the RFS.
When the proposed rule was initially announced earlier this year, Congresswoman Bustos denounced the EPA’s proposed RFS rule which would have drastically reduced ethanol usage.