BUSTOS STATEMENT ON EPA’S NEW ETHANOL PLAN

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) – a member of the House Agriculture Committee – released the following statement as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce a new ethanol plan to make up for their own actions to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and our agricultural economy:

“I welcome the administration’s announced commitment to start fixing their own harmful biofuels policies. The small refinery waivers have directly hurt producers in Illinois by further reducing already depressed demand. Much like with our ongoing trade war, the administration is now being forced to provide relief for pain caused by their own actions. While the steps announced today move us in a better direction, the details, which are still months away, will truly determine if these steps will be enough to provide relief for the harm the administration has caused. I will do everything I can to ensure the EPA lives up to these commitments in a timely manner and hold them accountable on behalf of our family farmers and biofuel producers.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Bustos serves on both the House Appropriations and Agriculture Committees. In August, she slammed the EPA for approving 31 small refinery biofuel waivers, which undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard and rigged the system for big oil. Congresswoman Bustos has also been a longtime supporter of year-round E15 to grow our agricultural economy. In addition, her plan to combat climate change and spur economic growth – the Rural Green Partnership – expands the use of biofuels to reduce Green House Gas emissions by optimizing fuel standards. In recognition of her efforts to champion the work of ethanol producers, Congresswoman Bustos recently received the Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy – the country’s largest ethanol association.

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