NCGA president discusses latest lawsuit against EPA

The president of the National Corn Growers Association says the organization is pushing back against the U.S. EPA’s electric vehicle mandates.

Harold Wolle tells Brownfield they have joined a lawsuit that challenges the agency’s heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards for model years 2027-2032. “We think that EPA has exceeded its congressional authority with these regulations. They’re going to increasingly require that heavy-duty trucks be electrified in order to meet the tailpipe emission standards.”

NCGA, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association recently joined the American Petroleum Institute in filing the lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wolle says this latest legal action is similar to a lawsuit filed earlier this month that targeted EPA’s standards on light-duty vehicles. “Certainly, corn growers is advocating for more ethanol in the fuel both in the light-duty vehicles and also in the heavy-duty. We now have technology that will allow diesel engines to run on 98% ethanol.”

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said heavy-duty vehicles powered by batteries have short ranges and require hours to charge, which puts farmers and their livestock at risk.  

AUDIO: NCGA President Harold Wolle on EPA/EV lawsuits

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