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Nebraska lawmakers, farmers respond to announcement about help for ethanol producers


BANDUR IS LIVE WITH THE BIG
STORY AT 6:00. MICHELLE? MICHELLE: DAVID, THE
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
GRANTED 31 WAIVERS THIS YEAR TO
COMPANIES THAT OWN OIL
REFINERIES. THOSE WAIVERS LET THEM SKIP
USING ETHANOL TO MAKE FUEL. THAT HURT FARMERS, INCLUDING
ONES IN NEBRASKA AND IOWA. NOW, THEY HOPE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
WILL TURN THINGS AROUND. WITH HALF OF NEBRASKA’S CORN
GOING TOWARDS ETHANOL, ANY HELP
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION IS
NEEDED FOR THE RURAL AGRICULTURE
ECONOMY TO THRIVE. IT SO IMPORTANT TO OUR
AGRICULTURE ECONOMY,
PARTICULARLY OUR CORN GROWERS
ALSO, BIO FUELS, SOYBEANS AS
WELL OUR ECONOMY IS SO DEPENDENT
ON AGRICULTURE THAT WE NEEDED THIS RFS DEAL. GOV. RICKETTS: THIS IS ONE OF
THE THINGS THAT WILL HELP OUR
FARMERS IN REGARD TO MAKING SURE
THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A MARKET
FOR THEIR CORN, TO HELP ARE
ETHANOL PLANTS. MICHELLE: THE RENEWABLE FUELS
STANDARD IS A PROGRAM THAT’S
SUPPOSED TO HELP EXPAND PLANT
BASED FUEL, LIKE ETHANOL. MORE AMERICAN MADE ETHANOL MEANS
LESS FOREIGN OIL. GOV. RICKETTS: THIS HAS BEEN THE
TOUGHEST YEAR IN AGRICULTURE
THAT WE’VE HAD CERTAINLY SINCE
I’VE BEEN GOVERNOR THE LAST FIVE
YEARS. MICHELLE: THE TRUMP
ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL ROLL
OUT DETAILS NEXT WEEK. POLITICAL LEADERS FAMILIAR WITH
THE PLAN SAY IT WILL ENSURE MORE
THAN 15 BILLION GALLONS OF
ETHANOL ARE BLENDED INTO THE
NATION’S FUEL SUPPLY, AND THE
EPA SAYS IT WANTS TO REMOVE BARRIERS FOR SELLING YEAR-ROUND
E-15.>>WE ARE EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE
FOR MOVING FORWARD, BUT WE WOULD
LIKE TO ALSO SEE PICKING UP THE
DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE
PAST. MICHELLE: THE PRESIDENT OF THE
NEBRASKA ETHANOL BOARD SAYS THE
ANNOUNCEMENT STOPS SHORT OF
HELPING REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE
BY THE EPA WAIVERS
THAT ALLOWED SMALL OIL REFINERIES TO AVOID BLENDING
ETHANOL WITH GASOLINE. BERRY SAYS THAT CAUSED 18
ETHANOL PLANTS NATIONWIDE TO
LIMIT OPERATIONS OR SHUT THEIR
DOOR
>>WHAT WAS RELEASED TODAY IS
BASICALLY SAYING, YES, AS AN ADMINISTRATION WE ARE GOING TO
PAY ATTENTION TO THE LAW GOING
FORWARD, BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO
GO BACK AND FIX ANY OF THE
WRONGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE
PAST. MICHELLE: BERRY WITH THE
NEBRASKA ETHANOL BOARD HOPES THE
EPA MOVES QUICKLY ON FIRMING UP
DETAILS, SAYING FARMERS NEED
IMMEDIATE RELEIF AND CAN’T TAKE
ANY MORE HITS. REPORTING IN THE NEWSROOM,
MICHELLE BANDUR, KETV NEWSWATCH
7. DAVID: MICHELLE, THANK YOU. NEBRASKA SENATOR BEN SASSE SENT
KETV NEWSWATCH 7 A STATEMENT ON
THE DEAL. THE REPUBLICAN SAYS, “THIS IS
GOOD NEWS FOR NEBRASKA FARMERS
AND PRODUCERS. THE PRESIDENT AND I HAVE TALKED
REPEATEDLY ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT
IT IS FOR OUR FARMERS TO HAVE
CLARITY, AND I’M GLAD HE’S
FOCUSED ON THI

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