EPA Grants Another Small-Refinery Exemption for 2017

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today EPA announced it has granted the 35th small-refinery exemption (SRE) from the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year.

In response to this announcement, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following announcement:

“Today’s announcement highlights some startling facts. The Trump Administration has granted over 2.5 billion gallons of SREs. The Trump Administration has not denied a single SRE to date, even as refiners enjoy record profits and ethanol plants are shuttered and sold. For the first time in 20 years, U.S. ethanol use fell in 2018. And farm income is declining for yet another year. This bleak record is not what President Trump promised to Iowa voters. A major course correction is needed before it’s too late.”

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 over 4.5 billion gallons annually – including 34 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 11 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.