Ethanol rally planned in Sioux Falls against Environmental Protection Agency chief

Source: By Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader • Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

South Dakota farm and ethanol leaders are hosting a rally in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to highlight concerns that the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator is undercutting support for ethanol.

The rally is timed with a reported visit that Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to make in South Dakota and Kansas this week. The EPA has not confirmed the visit.

Ethanol and farm groups accuse him of undercutting ethanol by granting waivers to refiners allowing them to blend less ethanol than required under federal law. They have also been lobbying for Pruitt to approve the use of ethanol blends at 15 percent to be used during summer months.

Wednesday’s rally is expected to include farm tractors and several industry leaders. It will take place at the Falls Park Farmers Market beginning at 10:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s White House is less predictable when it comes to the future of ethanol policy. Growers and producers in South Dakota are watching Washington D.C. to see what happens.