Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says the Environmental Protection Agency is no longer considering a controversial provision that would have made exported ethanol and biodiesel eligible for the credits used to measure compliance with the federal blending mandate.
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.
The Senate looks to finally name its team of farm bill negotiators this week while also finishing work on a $154 billion spending bill for a bevy of departments and agencies important to agriculture, including USDA and FDA.
Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency charged with bringing some resolution to the ongoing renewable fuels policy debate, says the agency will not move piecemeal reform to the nation’s biofuel mandate.
The Environmental Protection Agency relied on a faulty analysis by the Department of Energy when it rejected a West Virginia refinery’s request for an exemption from renewable fuel blending requirements, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway hopes to finally get his farm bill to the Senate this week, but the outcome hinges on House Republican leaders going forward with plans to debate a pair of competing immigration measures.