The Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) issued a statement of appreciation for the state’s attorney general after signing on to an amicus brief supporting the nation’s ethanol industry. Earlier today, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson signed the brief which sided with the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Farmers Union, which urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in January 2020 to strike down exemptions improperly issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“We were extremely pleased with the Tenth Circuit’s decision in January of 2020,” said Andy Jobman, president of NeCGA and farmer from Gothenburg. “The last few years have been tough for the ethanol industry as the EPA had continually eroded the Renewable Fuels Standard through excessive refinery waivers, but the Tenth Circuit finally got it right. We trust the Supreme Court will agree, and we are appreciative of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson for his support in bringing this issue to a close once and for all.”
Nebraska Attorney General Peterson and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller led an effort in filing an amicus curiae brief, which received broad support from major corn and ethanol producing states. Other states signing onto the brief included Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia.