Corn-state governors pressure EPA on RFS ‘gap’ petitions

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020

he EPA should reject the 52 waivers it is considering from small refiners requesting exemptions from prior years of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the governors of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska wrote the agency Monday. All of the governors except Minnesota’s are Republican.

Their letter comes as corn-state lawmakers have been increasing pressure on the EPA to deny the waivers, which they and biofuels producers see as a tactic to circumvent a court ruling earlier this year that sharply restricted the EPA’s ability to grant exemptions. Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst announced Friday she wouldn’t support Trump’s nominee to be the EPA’s deputy until the agency said how it would address the waiver requests.

According to the governors’ letter, if the EPA approved all 52 waivers, “the market will lose more than two billion gallons of biofuel blending requirements.”