McCaskill Joins Bipartisan Call to Environmental Protection Agency: Stop Undermining Renewable Fuel Standard, Protect Missouri Biodiesel

Senators call on Administration to halt actions that undermine Missouri biodiesel producers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is joining a bipartisan group of Senators in urging the Trump Administration to stop undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard, following recent reports that the Environmental Protection Agency issued waivers exempting refineries from biofuel laws—undermining Missouri’s biodiesel producers.

“According to recent reports, the EPA has already issued 25 ‘disproportionate hardship’ waivers to large, multi-billion-dollar refining companies reporting billions of dollars of profits since 2016,” wrote McCaskill and her colleagues in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Such action would represent a clear violation of your commitments and clearly undermine the President’s long-standing support of the [Renewable Fuel Standard].”

McCaskill recently joined a group of Senators in urging the Trump Administration to oppose any changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard that could harm Missouri’s agriculture and biodiesel producers.

The Renewable Fuel Standard, which was supported by McCaskill and signed into law in 2007, requires increased volumes of renewable fuels to be produced in the United States each year. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligation rule for 2018 calls for a decrease in production from the previous year, from 19.28 billion gallons required in 2017 to 19.24 billion gallons in 2018—much lower than the intended 26 billion gallons called for in the original law.

Last November, McCaskill, a longtime advocate for farmers and ranchers in Missouri, testified directly to the International Trade Commission—the legal body that decides whether American companies have been harmed—on behalf of Missouri’s biodiesel companies that Missouri workers and businesses have been harmed by the hundreds of millions of gallons of Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel that are unfairly being dumped into the U.S. markets. Following McCaskill’s testimony, the commission voted unanimously on the side of the soybean industry, opening the door for the Department of Commerce to approve hefty double-digit duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports.

Full text of letter HERE.

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