Nov 16, 2012 posted by: Andrew Koch-WGMD News
Senator Tom Carper is expressing his disappointment that a waiver from the national Renewable Portfolio Standards’ ethanol mandate was denied by the EPA.
Back in August, Carper joined a group of more than two dozen lawmakers from both parties in asking the EPA to adjust the corn-based ethanol mandate. In a statement, Carper says the EPA’s decision makes passage of a Farm Bill in the U.S. House that much more important. According to Carper’s office, this summer’s drought across much of the nation, including the Midwest and Delmarva, has led the USDA to predict that this year’s corn yields will be the worst since 1995. Carper says those low yields hurt everyone from consumers to poultry farmers and companies.