Ethanol Plants, U.S. Government Reach Agreement

The U.S. EPA has announced it has reached agreement with 12 ethanol plants in Minnesota regarding new plant emissions data collected earlier this year.

Washington, D.C. – October 4, 2002 [] 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 June 3 to discuss the new emissions data. A new test procedure found plant emissions that were previously unknown to both the ethanol industry and the state and federal regulators. “The ethanol industry said it would address the EPA’s new data in a quick and comprehensive manner,” said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association. “We have. In fact, this is one of the quickest resolutions to issues of this type in the history of the EPA.


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