House rivals find common ground: Hating biofuel waivers

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E Reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

 Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa and her Republican challenger, former Rep. David Young, took turns last night bashing EPA for allowing some petroleum refineries to sidestep biofuel mandates. In a debate that otherwise showed division on health care policy, taxes and other issues, the biofuel question appeared to unite the candidates on a topic that’s sensitive in the nation’s top ethanol-producing state. “It’s abusive,” Young said of some larger refiners’ ability to avoid biofuel-blending requirements by obtaining waivers from EPA at their smaller facilities, when they are able to make a case that meeting the mandate would cause economic harm. To big refining companies that record generous profits — yet still obtained exemptions — the mandates under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) are “not a hardship at all,” Young said.