Local Politicians Call on EPA to Relax Fuel Standards
SALSIBURY, Md.- The governors of Maryland and Delaware sent a letter to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, asking that Renewable Fuel Standards be waived or partially waived for the rest of the year.
Several U.S. senators and more than 150 House representatives had already voiced support for the "Petition for Waiver or Partial Waiver of Applicable Volume of Renewable Fuel." Politicians say this will help ease corn supply shortages caused by this year's drought conditions.
In the letter, the governors warn that, "If the RFS standards are not waived, the consequences to Delaware and Maryland's economy would be severe, including the loss of thousands of jobs."
Bill Satterfield, executive director of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, told WBOC the corn shortage is critical.
"It's a very drastic situation for animal agriculture," Satterfield said. "Chicken prices are not going up. We're seeing higher input costs and no higher income for the chicken companies, and that is not sustainable."
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