Grassley takes EPA officials to Iowa farm Thursday
Two Environmental Protection Agency officials are in Iowa Thursday at the invitation of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley where they will get a close-up look at a family farm, “The EPA has tremendous power and authority and the decisions that agency makes – on any number of issues – have a major impact on our rural economy.”Grassley extended the invitation after learning the official writing EPA guidelines for “indirect land use changes” has never been to an American farm. Joining Grassley will be Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, and, Margo Oge, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
They will first visit the BioCentury Research Farm in Boone for an information session on low carbon fuel standards, corn and soybean technology…as well as the EPA’s AgSTAR program, “After that, I’m taking them to Kemberly Family Farms near Maxwell so that they can see the real thing and hear about the impact of their rules and regulations directly on the family farmer.”
They will then go to Newton to tour the Renewable Energy Group facility. Despite the lack of scientific methods to determine land use changes as a result of U.S. biofuels policies, Grassley says EPA’s proposed rules make inaccurate assumptions and use incomplete science to “penalize U.S. biofuels for so-called ‘indirect land use changes’.” He hopes this trip will open some eyes at EPA.