Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Statement on New Threats to RFS

Jul 01, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today released the following statement in response to recent media reports on new threats to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“For years, Big Oil and its advocates on and off Capitol Hill have worked hard to undermine the RFS and dole out ‘hardship’ waivers to oil companies without regard to actual need. Hardship waivers should be the exception, not the rule, and they have been abused for far too long.

“President Trump has promised time and again to farmers and agribusinesses in Iowa and throughout Rural America to uphold the integrity of the RFS and follow the law as it’s written. I’ve been encouraged by the commitments made by President Trump regarding ethanol and the RFS, and am confident that he will continue to keep his promises.

“I would expect that the Environmental Protection Agency, with input from USDA, and any other legitimate source, will honor President Trump’s commitment to follow the law.”

Grassley is a leader in the fight to maintain a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). He led efforts to put pressure on the EPA to stop issuing “hardship waivers” to obligated refiners as well as make the waiver process more transparent. Grassley has also worked to highlight the importance of the RFS to President Trump and his administration.

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