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The EPA Strikes Again

Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network — On October 4th, there was an announcement from the Trump Administration about a deal that had been worked out to try and restore some credibility to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The worry has been over the wholesale granting of small refinery exemptions (SREs) by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The President assured the ethanol industry would release a supplemental rule in accordance with the announcement. On Tuesday afternoon, that proposal was released, and it is drawing much backlash from the supporters of biofuels.

On Tuesday afternoon I had already planned to sit down with Senator Joni Ernst and get her take on the latest developments on the Chinese trade situation. Not even an hour before this call was to take place, the EPA announcement came out. Reactions were flying to my inbox quickly. So, I am sure it was no surprise to the Senator when I asked what was going on. Along with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and other lawmakers, Senator Ernst has been one of the vocal supporters of getting the RFS back on track. As the news was still fresh, the Senator was still in the process of reviewing the information. However,  she is already telling Iowans to make their voice heard when the comment period opens on this proposal. Ernst says we must send a clear message to the EPA.

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