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ACE Thanks Bipartisan Group of Senators for Urging the EPA to Prioritize the RFS

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by maintaining the blending requirements for 2022, denying all pending Small Refinery Exemptions, eliminating proposed retroactive cuts to the renewable volume obligations (RVOs), and setting 2021 RFS volumes at the statutory levels. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement thanking the senators:

“As EPA prepares to make several important announcements regarding the RFS this year, the bipartisan backing and leadership of these senators is greatly appreciated. By taking the senators’ recommendations to abandon the after-the-fact cut to 2020, maintain robust volumes for 2021 and 2022, and reject pending small refinery exemption waivers, EPA can fully utilize the RFS for its enacted purpose, to replace petroleum with low carbon alternatives, which will help grow demand for biofuels that benefit rural America as well as the Administration’s decarbonization goals.”

A copy of the letter can be accessed here. The bipartisan letter, led by U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), was signed by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).

Advocates can join this effort to urge EPA maintain a strong RFS during the Agency’s comment period, which closes this Friday, Feb. 4, by utilizing ACE’s Action Center here.

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