Davis, Congressional Biofuels Caucus Urge President Trump to Deny 52 “Gap Year” RFS Small Refinery Exemption Petitions
If granted, the petitions have the potential to destroy an additional 2 billion gallons of biofuel demand, hurting American farmers and agri-business
Congressional Biofuels Caucus Co-Chairmen Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kans.), and other members of the bipartisan Caucus sent a letter to President Donald Trump today urging him to deny 52 “gap year” Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) petitions received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month.
“I urge President Trump and the EPA to deny these ‘gap year’ SRE petitions, so we can respect the Congressional intent of the RFS and the 10th Circuit Court’s recent ruling,” said Rep. Davis. “If these illegal exemptions are granted, it will mean dire consequences for American ethanol production, the grain demand ethanol generates for American farmers, and the Ag jobs ethanol creates. We should be doing everything we can to relieve stress on American grain markets, but these petitions would only exacerbate those problems, creating even more challenges for American farmers.”
“The President should step in and use his authority to halt EPA’s abuse of small refinery waivers. The agency has been illegally granting waivers and now they are entertaining retroactive ‘gap year’ waivers to help oil refiners circumvent a 10thCircuit Court ruling that would invalidate dozens of waivers if applied nationwide. It is clear that EPA’s actions are reducing demand for biofuels and hurting the rural economy,” said Rep. Peterson, who also serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
“It is imperative that the EPA deny all new retroactive SRE petitions. These ‘gap year’ waivers are a blatant attempt to circumvent the 10th Circuit Court ruling and are another slap in the face to our farmers and rural communities. The RFS has been a tremendous success and we must uphold the RFS in order to provide our farmers and biofuels producers with the certainty they need. These attacks must stop and the Administration must comply with the court ruling,” said Rep. Loebsack.
“These ‘gap year’ waivers are the latest attempt to undermine the integrity of the RFS and, if granted, would have a devastating impact on rural communities and producers in Kansas and across the country,” said Rep. Marshall. “The EPA must swiftly act to deny the petitions to ensure the ethanol industry has the certainty it needs to continue to provide drivers with cleaner burning lower cost options at the pump.”
Recently, the EPA received 52 petitions for SREs geared toward waiving RFS requirements dating back to 2011 in an attempt to circumvent the recent 10th Circuit Court ruling which determined that only existing SREs could be extended, and that they must be tied to economic harm caused specifically by the RFS.
The letter to President Trump requests that EPA be instructed to deny any retroactive “gap year” SREs non-compliant with the recent 10th Circuit Court decision.
You can find a copy of the letter here.
Joining Davis, Peterson, Loebsack and Marshall on the letter include Reps. Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.), Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Adrian Smith (R-Nebr.), Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Don Bacon (R-Nebr.), Steve King (R-Iowa), James Comer (R-Ky.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Steve Watkins (R-Tex.), James Baird (R-Ky.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebr.), Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-Mo.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Ron Estes (R-Kans.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).