Wednesday also brought word that White House officials had directed the EPA to abandon both the reduction in biodiesel requirements and the separate proposal to allow exported renewable fuel to count toward domestic quotas, according to individuals familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly about the move.
President Donald Trump called Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday to assure her that he continues to support the renewable fuels industry. "Unfortunately, the EPA's request for comments implied there are some that want to take us backward, which is unnecessary, and very highly disruptive". While saying she appreciates the EPA's accessibility, Reynolds says she has "significant concerns" with the direction the agency is taking.
The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, wants Congress and the Trump administration to expand the market for ethanol blends and advanced biofuels.
Reynolds today said "the whole intent" of the Renewable Fuels Standard is to spur growth.
Reynolds sent President Trump a letter yesterday, expressing "deep concern" the EPA was poised to make "ill-advised" cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The duo hosted a press conference at Pella, Iowa's Two Rivers Cooperative alongside Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Grant Kimberley, Executive Director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, and Dennis Bogaards, a soybean and corn farmer in the Pella community.
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"If it's true, that's great", Shaw said.
We're going to continue to hold him accountable.
"These proposed volumes do not reflect the existing potential for the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states and could cause near-term job losses and discourage investment in capacity and new fuel development", they wrote.
She'll discuss the phone conversation she's scheduled to have with President Trump, tomorrow morning.
Wednesday's press conference followed a meeting in Washington a day earlier between Pruitt and a coalition of Midwest senators-including Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley. EPA Administrator Pruitt has made clear he is not interested in implementing the spirit of the RFS.
Sasse praised Pruitt for listening to concerns during Tuesday's meeting and explaining the pressures coming from various interests.