Minnesota producers reach quick resolution with EPA

By | September 01, 2002
The U.S. EPA announced it has reached an agreement with 12 ethanol plants in Minnesota regarding new plant emissions data collected earlier this year. The ethanol industry responded quickly to the new data to determine what emissions controls would be required to address the questions of the EPA and state agencies. The cooperative process between the regulators and the ethanol industry yielded its first resolution less than four months after the EPA and industry representatives met in Chicago on June 3rd to discuss the new emissions data. A new test procedure found plant emissions that were heretofore unknown to both the ethanol industry and the state and federal regulators.

Bob Dinneen, RFA president, said, "The ethanol industry said it would address the EPA's new data in a quick and comprehensive manner. We have. In fact, this is one of the quickest resolutions to issues of this type in the history of the EPA.. I think it should be noted that these ethanol producers did not delay and did not go to court. The cooperative response will guarantee that necessary modifications are implemented in the quickest possible timeframe. The public was the real winner today."