Growth Energy Welcomes Bill to Clarify Sanitizer Regs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) for introducing legislation designed to offer greater certainty for ethanol producers on the guidance’s duration from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the production of hand sanitizer. The legislation would extend FDA’s guidance for two years, with an automatic extension of one more year if the public health emergency is still in effect, and allows FDA to waive or reduce alcohol or hand sanitizer requirements.

“We appreciate Senator Thune’s effort to provide greater certainty around FDA’s temporary guidance on alcohol for sanitizer,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “In response to widespread shortages, biofuel producers from across the nation moved quickly to adapt their production lines to safely meet the needs for increased demand by delivering alcohol-based sanitizer to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“Despite the other hardships facing biofuel producers, many accepted the costs to retool their plants and stepped up to provide for hospitals and hard-pressed communities. This legislation would help clear the confusion associated with shifting FDA guidelines for biofuel producers.”