EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s Wednesday appearance before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee was heavy on biofuel talk as senators looked to pin him down on how the agency will approach a number of contentious topics.
Reorganization plans at the Departments of Interior and Energy did not get a warm reception at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week, with senators particularly concerned about the administration's proposal to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency within the Department of Energy (ARPA-E).
Biofuel advocates blasted the Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal to set targets for production of renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard because the agency did not try to reallocate renewable gallons left unblended when refineries were granted waivers from RFS requirements.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt visited a Kansas ethanol plant Tuesday, where he sought to defend himself against accusations of undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard from a group that made no secret about being “mad as hell” at him.
A quartet of pro-biofuel groups, frustrated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of waivers that exempt small refineries from certain biofuel blending requirements, have sued the agency in an effort to curb the practice.