The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has provided an updated list of what it considers to be “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety as well as economic and national security.

CISA states that it recognizes that state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role.

Because CISA states further that “this list is advisory in nature, and is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself,” fuel ethanol facilities should discuss response activities with their state and local governments to determine if workers in their facilities would be considered “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” in a case of community restriction, access management, social distancing, or closure orders/directives.

To date, Growth Energy has identified the following updates related to state closures, and while some states explicitly call out fuel ethanol facilities, members should connect directly with their state and local agencies for the most recent and official guidance and directives.

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“We are pleased to see this first step toward removing onerous labeling and underground tank requirements and expanding access to E15 for American drivers,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. More on the latest from @EPA in @Reutersreuters.com/article/idUSL1…

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Important work still remains to defeat the offensive attempt by refiners to avoid biofuel blending obligations, and we’re confident the incoming Biden team will uphold campaign commitments to restoring integrity to the RFS. growthenergy.org/2021/01/15/gro…

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On E15, the best outcome is removing the E15 label entirely, and we look forward to working with the Biden Administration to address any remaining retail and infrastructure barriers to cleaner, more affordable fuel options. twitter.com/GrowthEnergy/s… https://t.co/6FkUMtrexe

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NEW → The EPA just announced it is: 1. Opening rulemaking regarding E15 fuel dispenser labeling + compatibility with underground storage tanks 2. Requesting comment on petitions for a waiver of 2019 + 2020 RFS growthenergy.org/2021/01/15/gro…

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