South Dakota Farmers Rally Against EPA Administrator Pruitt

Farmers rallied in South Dakota Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency’s alleged war on biofuels. As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the state, a tractor rally in Sioux Falls featured more than 200 participants that Growth Energy says voiced their concerns about attacks on biofuels, including the RIN export proposal, hardship waivers for refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the delay in allowing year-round E15 sales. Pruitt said an event earlier this week in Kansas that the EPA has the authority to allow year-round E15 and would do so. However, farmers who rallied Wednesday expressed concern with Pruitt’s track record which shows agricultures concerns “have fallen on deaf ears at the EPA.” Pruitt called the meeting during his Midwestern trip “informative,” along with “candid and productive.” Pruitt also told farmers during his meetings Tuesday that he expects to send a new Waters of the U.S. Rule to the White House this week for review by the Office of Management and Budget.