Grassley, Klobuchar Lead Colleagues in Urging EPA to Restore Integrity to RFS

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) along with 13 Senate colleagues sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Jane Nishida urging the agency to take immediate action to restore integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Sen. Chuck Grassley makes a point in an ag meeting in Van Horne.

Grassley and his colleagues urged the EPA to review three small refinery exemption (SRE) waivers issued last-minute by the former EPA Administrator, and evaluate if those waivers comply with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

“On January 8, 2021, the Supreme Court indicated its intention to review the Tenth Circuit case (Renewable Fuels Association v. EPA), with oral arguments expected this spring and a decision by summer. As this litigation is ongoing, we respectfully ask that you review the three waivers issued by Mr. Wheeler on January 19. If these waivers do not meet the three-part test laid out in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals then we urge you to immediately reverse them and deny the refiners’ waiver requests,” the senators wrote.

In the letter, Grassley also pressed the EPA to swiftly issue a proposed rule for the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) which will provide growth in all renewable fuel categories and move forward with the E15 streamlining proposal to remove certain barriers to expanded sales of E15.

Last month, Grassley and several of his colleagues sent a letter to the EPA urging them to hold off on making any decisions on SREs until after the Supreme Court rules in the Renewable Fuels Association et. al. v. EPA case.

Full text of the letter can be found HERE.

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