Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed the EPA’s use of Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waivers during an April 11 hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture.
During the hearing, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., referenced a letter that he and four colleagues sent to President Donald Trump on April 9, urging him to direct the EPA to stop using waivers that are exempting large oil refining companies from meeting their legal obligations under the RFS.
In response, Perdue said he has seen the letter “and I concur with your opinion.” Perdue noted that the waivers granted by EPA have effectively reduced the statutory volume for conventional biofuel below the 15 billion gallon statutory volume requirement.
The American Coalition for Ethanol has called on President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to listen to Perdue.
“President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt would be wise to listen to Secretary Perdue because he’s right about the fact that EPA’s so-called ‘hardship’ waivers to wealthy refiners destruct demand for ethanol and break the president’s promise to maintain the RFS,” said Brian Jennings, CEO of ACE. “Secretary Perdue is demonstrating the kind of leadership rural America expects from the administration so we express our sincere thanks for speaking out and standing up.”