IRFA: Pruitt Letter a Step in the Right Direction
October 20, 2017
Contact: Cassidy Walter
Iowa Senators, Governor, President to thank
JOHNSTON, IOWA – In response to concerns raised by several Midwestern Senators, including Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has issued a letter reaffirming his commitment to enforcing the letter of the law and spirit of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Following the release of Administrator Pruitt’s letter, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following statement:
“First and foremost, we must thank Senators Grassley and Ernst as well as Governor Kim Reynolds for their leadership and hard work to protect the RFS. Were it not for their persistence in raising this issue to the highest levels, we would not have achieved the progress we can celebrate today. I also want to thank President Trump for engaging on this issue and maintaining his commitment to rural America.
“In his letter, Pruitt outlined several decisions that are very encouraging. We are grateful that two schemes to undermine the RFS are dead – the petition to move the point of obligation and the effort to allow exported gallons of ethanol to qualify for domestic RFS compliance. Pruitt also said preliminary analysis suggests that the RFS levels put forward in the July proposal should not be reduced. All of these assurances signal that EPA is realigning itself with President Trump’s publicly stated views on renewable fuels.
“However, simply not making further cuts to proposed levels that were already too low is not enough. To live up to the letter and spirit of the RFS in the final rule, the EPA must increase levels for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol from what was proposed in July. Furthermore, IRFA strongly urges EPA to affirm its authority to grant E15 volatility parity. This one step would do more to ease RFS compliance and lower the price of RINs than anything else.”
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 380 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.