The Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors (KAEP) announced its support of a legal action filed today by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to challenge new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that would discourage the use of ethanol and harm Kansas corn and sorghum producers.

The EPA recently announced its intention to utilize the MOVES 2014 model – a scientifically flawed study utilizing “match-blending methodology” – without providing the states or affected parties an opportunity for review and comment before implementing. The MOVES 2014 model errantly assigns disproportionate negative emissions effects on ethanol.

In response, Attorney General Schmidt filed a petition for judicial review of the EPA regulation with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals, asking the court to reject the new EPA regulations. The legal action was filed jointly with Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, the Energy Future Coalition, and the Urban Air Initiative, Inc.

The Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors and the Kansas Corn Growers Association requested this action from Attorney General Schmidt.

From the Kansas Attorney General’s news release:

“Ethanol production is an important industry for Kansas and grain agriculture specifically,” Schmidt said.  “EPA’s requirement that states use this faulty model was unlawfully adopted without notice and opportunity for comment. This is an example of the EPA imposing its will on the states rather than working cooperatively toward the shared goal of cleaner air. We are asking that this model be rejected and replaced with a model that more accurately reflects the true emission effects of ethanol.”