DES MOINES – U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) released the following statement on the White House announcement that the Administration will address the damage to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by reallocating exempt gallons of biofuel:
“I’m relieved the EPA has taken steps to address their misuse of small refinery exemptions without any provisions that would further benefit big oil companies. While this is welcome news, it’s important to remember this is a solution to a problem created by this Administration in the first place. The EPA’s unprecedented abuse of biofuel waivers have severely undermined demand for ethanol and caused significant financial hardship for farmers and rural communities,” said Axne. “I’ll remain cautiously optimistic as we learn the details of this plan and will continue to hold the Administration accountable to supporting Iowa farmers and rural communities.”
On Oct. 3, Axne held a roundtable discussion with Sen. Klobuchar at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to hear directly from farmers, producers and plant workers about the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) biofuel waivers. Axne and Klobucharsent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, requesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conduct a study on the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of biofuel waivers.
In August, Axne called for a federal investigation into the EPA’s expansion of refinery exemptions from blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a letter sent to Charles J. Sheehan, Acting Inspector General (IG) of the EPA, Axne requested that the IG conduct an investigation into the highly questionable decision-making and misuse of the EPA’s “small refinery exemption” (SRE) authority to benefit large or unqualified companies that may be exerting an undue amount of influence over the regulatory process.