The EPA reportedly was told to drop two changes that were under consideration: a possible reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow exported renewable fuel to count toward domestic quotas.
We're grateful that Governor Reynolds and other governors have jumped to biodiesel's defense as EPA makes unprecedented moves to weaken biodiesel in the Renewable Fuel Standard.
U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday to increase proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for biodiesel in 2019 in order to encourage energy diversity and support local economies.
In July the EPA, lead by administrator Scott Pruitt, announced the agency was considering rollbacks in the renewable fuel standard; the amount of bio fuels that are mixed into the nations gas supply. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "While I have appreciated the accessibility of the EPA and have had many positive conversations about the RFS, I have some significant concerns with the direction the agency appears to be taking". "The continued growth and success of the renewable fuels industry is critical, and it's really vital to both Iowa's rural and urban communities".
Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said after Wednesday's press conference that if the Bloomberg report is accurate, it's good news for the renewable fuels industry and Iowa. But we are not going to take anything for granted. Shaw says Iowans are sending a message to Trump on future RFS standards.
On Wednesday Governor Reynolds along with leaders in the bio fuel industry, told the Trump Administration the president needs to step in against the EPA or be at risk of breaking one of his campaign promises; and it may have worked.
Reynolds called her conversation with the president "constructive and productive".
She declined to share specifics about the commitments she's seeking from the administration, but she said the bottom line is that she wants to see administration officials do more than just follow the letter of the law. While saying Pruitt again claimed Tuesday that he will not do anything to undermine the program, the Red Oak Republican added, quote, "we have heard this before".