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Peterson Statement on House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Small Refinery Exemptions

Washington, October 22, 2019
Peterson Statement on House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Small Refinery Exemptions

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2019) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota voiced his support following an announcement today that the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change will review the nation’s biofuel-blending requirements, and specifically the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of Small Refinery Exemption waivers and the Administration’s plans to reallocate those waived gallons of biofuel.

 “I would like to thank Chairmen Pallone and Tonko and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for scheduling an oversight hearing on the Administration’s operation of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Small Refinery Waiver provision. Our farmers and rural communities rely on the RFS for their economic viability, and EPA’s actions have done nothing but provide uncertainty and the potential for economic ruin.”

Chairman Peterson is a co-chair of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress who advocate for homegrown renewable fuel policies that boost farmer incomes and reduce dependence on foreign oil. He is also the sponsor of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019, a bill which provides certainty to the biofuels industry by setting an annual deadline for small refinery exemption applications and bringing transparency to the process.
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