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Groups praise passage of SAFE CCS

IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Illinois Renewable Fuels Association (ILRFA) appreciate passage of SB1289, the SAFE CCS Act through the state legislature.

The bipartisan legislation helps move carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology projects forward safely and responsibly in Illinois.

“Having a seat at the table in these discussions is critical for the industry,” Victoria farmer and ICGA President Dave Rylander said. “All sides worked towards compromise in this legislation, which creates additional regulatory framework around carbon capture and storage technology, CO2 pipelines, and provides landowner protections.”

“Carbon capture and sequestration is an important opportunity for ethanol plants and corn farmers. The technology allows corn-based ethanol to lower its carbon intensity and qualify for additional clean fuel market opportunities like sustainable aviation fuel. With this law, CCS projects can safely move forward and positions Illinois to lead in the clean fuel industry, which benefits everyone, including our renewable fuels industry,” said Dustin Marquis, President of the IL Renewable Fuels Association. 

We thank Gov. Pritzker and bill sponsors Rep. Ann Williams, Sen. Laura Fine, as well as Rep. Jay Hoffman and Sen. Bill Cunningham for their leadership in bringing together the business community, environmental groups, organized labor, and agriculture interests to move this bill forward.   


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