Broad Group of Leaders Support Biogenic CO2 Coalition Petition

A broad group of state and federal legislators, ag leaders and business leaders are voicing their support for the Biogenic CO2 Coalition petition for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to clarify the regulatory treatment of carbon emissions from agricultural crops. We’ve gathered a collection of quotes from letters sent to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of the petition.

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Indiana

“Distinguishing biogenic CO2 emissions from other carbon pollutants would help foster growth in the sector, allowing companies to make significant investments in their operations in order to unlock the potential of the bioeconomy.”

James A. Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce

“A simple, common-sense clarification would significantly ease the regulatory burden on our industry by instead classifying these emissions as de minimis.”

Douglas F. Leman, Executive Director, Indiana Dairy Producers

“While EPA leadership has stated its intentions to eliminate barriers like these, now more than ever, we need government assistance to break down these regulations to help unleash the potential of the bioeconomy.”

Ceann Bales, Executive Director, Randolph County Community & Economic Development

Iowa

“While the industry certainly stands on its own, reforming federal regulatory policy is needed to unleash its true potential.”

John Wills, Speaker Pro Tem, Iowa House of Representatives

“Keeping this regulatory position will not help the environment, but it will block needed investment from America’s agriculture industry and bioeconomy.”

Drew Kamp, President & CEO, Council Bluffs, Iowa Chamber of Commerce

“Iowa is a global hub for U.S. agricultural production, which in turn allows us to be a leader for biotechnology research and development. The current EPA regulation stands as a hurdle to our members poised to accelerate new growth in the bioeconomy.”

Jessica Hyland, Executive Director, Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio)

“The current classification of biogenic CO2 emissions from agricultural crops as greenhouse gas pollutants is at odds with scientific evidence.”

Dr. Mark Mba-Wright, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Biomass Conversion Technologies, Iowa State University

Michigan

“Out of all the regulatory authorities dealing with this topic around the globe, the EPA is the only one that still treats biogenic emissions similarly to emissions from fossil fuel.”

Rich Studley, President & CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

“Because the EPA has neglected to address this regulatory problem, economies overseas have a substantial competitive advantage for construction, modernization and improvement of facilities relative to those here in the U.S.”

Dan Lauwers, Chair of the Energy and Tech Committee, Michigan State Senate

“In the midst of this global pandemic and economic depression, EPA has a critical opportunity to unleash millions of dollars in new investments and return the focus to job growth in the American heartland.”

Laura Campbell, Manager: Agricultural Ecology Department, Michigan Farm Bureau

“Michigan’s soybean farmers depend on brighter days ahead for their industry. And, if we remove the roadblocks that stand in the way, that future can become a reality.”

Michigan Soybean Association

Missouri

“To ensure the success of our agricultural industry, we believe in taking a pro-growth approach to our regulatory policy to create a favorable environment for growth. Altering existing EPA policy around biogenic CO2 emissions is a critical change that will help in this endeavor.”

Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEO,
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

“A de minimis ruling would open the floodgates of opportunity for the Missouri corn industry and the agricultural sector at large. Missouri’s bioeconomy would see millions in new growth every year if a de minimis ruling were implemented.”

Gary Marshall, CEO, Missouri Corn Growers Association

“The opportunities opened up by shifting to a de minimis rule for biogenic carbon emissions would have sweeping impacts in encouraging new growth and development in Missouri’s agricultural sector.”

Steve Taylor, Executive Director, Missouri Agribusiness Association

“A de minimis standard for emissions from agricultural processes would ease regulatory burdens on Missouri’s agricultural industries and open up new opportunities for farmers.”

Hannah Kelly, State Representative, Missouri House of Representatives

Ohio

“Were EPA to clarify this distinction, we can expect increased production of sustainable, plant-based products that would provide substantial environmental benefits.”

Luke Crumley, Director of Public Policy and Nutrition Management,
Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association

“If U.S. agribusinesses have this current barrier removed, they will quickly regain the upper hand, attracting new investments and creating new jobs.”

Pete Draganic, President, Reflo Ltd.

“Because EPA is not aligned with international regulators, the U.S. could lose its competitive edge in global bioproducts exports.”

Mike Howard, Colliers International

“The best thing the EPA can do is remove the longstanding barrier to the bioeconomy, and correctly label ag-related emissions as de minimis.”

Joe Shumay, CEO, Ad Specialities

Wisconsin

“For years, EPA leadership has stated its intention to protect the environment while also eliminating regulatory barriers preventing that future from becoming reality.”

Tony Kurtz, State Representative, 50th District in Wisconsin

“The EPA Clean Air Act ruling regulating biogenic CO2 emissions in the same category as fossil fuel pollutants has been an inhibitor to our industry since being issued ten years ago.”

Jason Culotta, President, Midwest Food Products Association, Inc.

“It is time for the EPA to reassess this policy and enact a ruling that acknowledges the de minimis character of agricultural product-related emissions.”

Jennifer Wickman, Director of Government Affairs, Cooperative Network