Incoming President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency said during his Senate confirmation hearing he will honor the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, and seek clarity on the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule, strongly opposed by much of agriculture.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt withstood some withering fire from Senate Environment and Public Works Democrats, who repeatedly accused him of representing the interests of energy companies in his state to the EPA, but failing to defend environmental regulations. Committee Republicans, on the other hand, defended Pruitt for his record of challenging the EPA for allegedly overreaching its regulatory bounds and ignoring state and local authority.
Pruitt vowed to restore a “rule of law” mentality at EPA, balance environmental with economic interests, and seek greater certainty on pending regulations like Waters of the U.S., stymied in the courts….tape
Pruitts commitment to the RFS has been a big question for midwestern ag, and Pruitt assured senators that he will honor the current statute and its biofuels volume targets, in keeping with President-elect Trump’s commitment to ethanol. The topic was a theme of his questioning by newly elected Illinois Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth…
Pruitt told Duckworth he did not want her to have any concern about his “intent, objective or will,” if confirmed, of carrying out the RFS mandate but Duckworth said she remained unconvinced by his answerShare