Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is upset that the Environmental Protection Agency has granted 31 more oil refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2018.
That represents more than 1 billion gallons of additional lost RFS demand and comes after 54 exemptions were given for the prior two years:
OC………..isn’t acceptable. :20
Reynolds says this goes back on President Trump’s promise to support the ethanol industry and will hurt rural America at the worst possible time:
OC…….our farmers produce. ;21
Reynolds says there is no justification for the oil refineries to be granted these waivers and there need to be more transparency in how this decision was made.
She says they were granted against the recommendations of the Department of Energy and against advice of some EPA officials:
OC………..just that simple. :18
The lost gallons from the waivers are also not being reallocated by EPA, which has caused 13 ethanol plants to shut down and others to slow production across the country.
Reynolds spoke at the Iowa State Fair.
Thanks to Jerry Oster WNAX