Another skirmish in the RFS fight

Nov 22, 2019  | 2 min  | Ep4514

One the nation’s largest ethanol companies has announced the production stoppage of cellulosic biofuels.

Project Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa will now switch focus to research and development.

The plant’s operator POET, cited EPA challenges with the implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard as the reason for the change.

The president registered his comments on the topic this week in a meeting that included at least one farm state lawmaker.

Paul Yeager reports. Producer contact

During the final days of the biofuels policy comment period by the Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley aired his thoughts on the proposal directly to the EPA from the Oval Office.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa: “I expect to be carried out what we agreed to in the Oval Office on September the 12th. He can adjust his rules, according to the public comment, and I hope he gets thousands of farmers in Iowa and biofuel people and anybody else that wants to comment that we expect September 12 agreement in the Oval Office to be carried out in spirit as well as in word in the new regulation going out.”

Grassley says the president echoed the support for biofuels to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa: “I had a chance to tell him that EPA's had trouble even before he became director under Pruitt, and then under the EPA directors of the Obama administration, that they don't have credibility with the farmers because they think their tools of Big Oil, and that's what the suspicion is behind this. So even though Wheeler and the president are very sincere, that they're going to deliver the 15 billion gallons as the law requires instead of cut back by refinery waivers, they gotta write their rules that say exactly that. And they haven't done that.”

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

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