Peterson dissatisfied with EPA’s proposed rule on biofuels blending requirements
WASHINGTON- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on Renewable Volume Obligations for renewable fuels:
“The EPA tried to bury what is considerably bad news for agriculture by releasing this proposed rule over the July 4th holiday, but farmers are paying attention. The EPA’s continued refusal to address the overuse of small refinery exemptions does nothing but hurt an already struggling farm economy. This is why additional Congressional action, such as my bill, the RFS Integrity Act, is needed to protect agriculture communities from an EPA that doesn’t understand what they’re doing.”
Last Friday, the EPA issued a proposed rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2020 and 2021 for biomass-based biodiesel which sets the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market. The rule does not address small refinery exemptions nor the gallons lost as a result. In addition, the rule does not incorporate a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision which requires EPA to remand 500 million renewable fuel gallons from the 2016 RVO rule.