Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal for 2019. The EPA’s announcement maintains current requirements for biofuels such as ethanol and slightly raises the levels for biodiesel.
Unfortunately, it did absolutely nothing to close a glaring loophole that is undercutting biofuels and hurting American farmers. Last week, Bustos and Congressman Dave Loebsack sent a letter to the EPA requesting further information about their policies on this matter.
“While it’s good that the Renewable Fuel Standard isn’t getting watered down any more than it already was, that’s a pretty low bar,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I had hoped that we would at a minimum see a commitment to stop undercutting the usage of biofuels like ethanol in the 2019 RFS, but I’m not surprised that President Trump’s EPA director is continuing to put big oil companies ahead of hardworking farmers across the heartland. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to push for increased biofuel usage so we can help break our national addiction to foreign fossil fuels.”