Grassley Statement on EPA Renewable Fuel Volumes Announcement
Jul 05, 2019
NEW HARTFORD, IOWA – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued the following statement regarding the EPA’s announcement of minimum renewable fuels volumes that must be supplied to the markets in 2020.
“President Trump made commitments to farmers in Iowa and throughout Rural America. Those commitments include upholding the letter and spirit of the RFS. While he has stood by them, farmers and biofuels producers have told me that they see the president’s advisors at EPA breaking his promises by undercutting the RFS and bowing to pressure from Big Oil and its Washington allies.
“The proposed rule neither accounts for waived obligations nor complies with the court order handed down by the DC Circuit. Those fundamental issues need to be addressed before this proposal can be viewed as keeping President Trump’s word.
“It’s unacceptable that EPA would set biofuel volumes below demand at a time when farmers, biofuels producers and agribusiness owners are forced to shed jobs and close plants. I urge President Trump to compel EPA to reverse course and keep his word to the forgotten Americans who have faithfully stood with him.
“Releasing the proposed volume obligations the Friday after a major holiday is a clear attempt to avoid negative attention. That should tell the president all he needs to know about what his staff at EPA are up to. While they clearly tried to bury this announcement, I’ll be shining a spotlight on it in the coming days. EPA can’t just keep painting over this gaping hole of a problem.”