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.
The latest White House meeting on U.S. biofuel policy resulted in an agreement in principle to sell E15 year-round and impose no caps on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). However, a proposal long thought to be dead was brought back to life on Tuesday.
A bipartisan group of 18 senators wants to know how the Trump administration will approach a regulatory fix to allow summer sales of E15 as news of waivers granted to small refineries continues to frustrate renewable fuel organizations.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is likely to get an earful about farmers’ trade concerns when he heads to Capitol Hill this week, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faces a grilling by two House panels.
The Trump administration seeks to calm farmers’ fears about the escalating trade dispute with China, even as corn and soybean growers hope the crisis will at least end the White House’s consideration of intervening in the biofuel credit market.