Tit for Tat

Ethanol advances, opposition files lawsuits
By Kris Bevill | December 27, 2010
It seems that every time the ethanol industry gains increased federal support, anti-ethanol groups protest. So it was no surprise when a coalition of ethanol opponents filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the U.S. EPA's partial E15 waiver approval. Led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Chicken Council, the National Council of Chain Restaurants of the National Retail Foundation, the National Meat Association, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation and the Snack Food Association joined forces again, claiming the EPA's E15 approval improperly authorizes an increase in the ethanol content of gasoline. The groups claim the EPA lacks statutory authority to approve the increase and issued its decision prior to the completion of thorough testing.Many of the plaintiffs are significant consumers of corn. The National Turkey Federation said in a disclosure statement accompanying the lawsuit that 70 percent of the cost of producing turkeys is feed, and corn is the single largest ingredient in turkey feed. Therefore, "NTF's members have a direct interest in all legislation, regulation, and litigation that affects the distribution and availability of corn."