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ACE commends Senators for confronting Acting EPA Administrator on ethanol during EPW hearing

Sioux Falls, SD (August 1, 2018) – Today, Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings commended a handful of bipartisan Senators for demanding answers to the biofuel industry’s priority issues with the following statement:

“ACE extends our highest gratitude to Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for confronting Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler about the ethanol demand destruction created by an unprecedented number of small refinery exemptions (SREs) and how EPA intends to reallocate the waived gallons, as well as the need to make good on the President’s repeated promises to allow E15 use year-round.  This is another example of the strong bipartisan support in Congress for making sure EPA follows the law while implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“While we appreciate Acting Administrator Wheeler is looking into how EPA might reallocate the SREs and intends to publicize a “dashboard” to provide more transparency about the circumstances around why refineries receive exemptions from RFS compliance, farmers and biofuel producers are suffering the consequences of demand destruction and collapsed RIN and commodity markets. We need reallocation sooner rather than later.

“Finally, as I have said many times, actions speak louder than words.  The President has promised to allow E15 use year-round on multiple occasions, including the public statement in Iowa last week about being “very close” to making this happen.  I am disappointed Acting Administrator Wheeler said “some don’t think we have the authority” to allow E15 use year-round because even former administrator Scott Pruitt admitted EPA has the legal authority when speaking with ACE members in Kansas and South Dakota in June.  It is important for Acting Administrator Wheeler to make good on the president’s promises to maintain the RFS as the law of the land and allow E15 year-round.”

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