Midwest senators ask agencies to investigate ‘fraudulent’ UCO blends

Source: By OPIS • Posted: Monday, June 24, 2024

A group of U.S. senators from the Midwest on Thursday asked agencies under the Biden administration to address concerns that foreign actors have been exploiting domestic tax incentives through the import of “potentially fraudulent” blends of used cooking oil (UCO).

“This would constitute fraudulent value distortion of the commodity designed to take advantage of U.S. tax incentives in addition to Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud under the Renewable Fuel Standard,” the group said in a letter to the agencies. The group included Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, alongside Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Its letter was addressed to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Troy Miller.