Ernst gives Biden EPA pick earful on biofuel mandates

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News Reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021

 Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) spoke with President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for EPA administrator, Michael Regan, about the importance of biofuel mandates as the renewable fuel faces one last potential showdown with the Trump administration. Ernst’s office said she spoke with Regan, the head of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, about the importance of denying small refineries’ requests for waivers from biofuel-blending requirements, as well as expanding consumer access to higher-ethanol fuels. … The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, said of the possibility of new waivers, “If the rumors are true, this action would establish a new low for an administration whose track record on the RFS is already horribly and shamefully blemished. “One has to wonder if [EPA] Administrator [Andrew] Wheeler and other senior political appointees at EPA and DOE are doing favors to refiners in hopes of getting cushy job offers from the oil companies upon leaving the EPA.”