U.S. Senators Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., on Tuesday, submitted statements for the record highlighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) or waivers. The Senators’ comments follow EPA’s proposed rule that would fail to meet parameters of a deal announced by President Trump to accurately account for the impact of SREs.
Durbin, whose efforts 14 years ago helped to enact the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) urged his Senate colleagues to, “support rural America by ending EPA’s efforts to issue these waivers without any transparency or economic impact.” Stabenow said, “The Administration’s continued abuse of refinery waivers undermine the integrity of the RFS program and hurt our farmers, biofuel producers, and rural communities in Michigan and across the country.”
Smith said, “Small refinery waivers from the EPA are wreaking havoc on our nation’s rural economy.” And Klobuchar called for, “more transparency and openness about the EPA’s use of small refinery waivers.”
NCGA and its farmer members are greatly appreciative of the Senators’ efforts to draw attention to this issue that has serious implications for agriculture.
Farmers have the opportunity to submit comments and tell the EPA to follow through on the President’s commitment to uphold the RFS. The comment period closes on November 29.
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