IRFA Congratulates Sen. Joni Ernst on Becoming a Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Contact: Cassidy Riley

JOHNSTON, IA – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst recently announced that she would be joining the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) when the Senate resumes its work in January of 2017. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following statement:

“This is really big news for Sen. Ernst and for Iowa, and Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel producers offer their hearty congratulations.  The EPW committee is likely one of the two most important committees a Senator could serve on to promote and protect the interests of Iowa. For example, as a member of the EPW committee, Sen. Ernst is in a great position to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and protect Iowa farmers and businesses from regulatory overreach.  While her commitment to rural Iowa will not change, we look forward to working with Sen. Ernst on her new committee.”

Click here to view Sen. Ernst’s statement on committee assignments:

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually – including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 350 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: