EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt got an earful from Kansas corn and ethanol producers during a visit yesterday to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) in Garnett.
After touring the plant Tuesday morning, Pruitt sat down with a roomful of farmers and ethanol supporters who told him they were “mad as hell” about EPA efforts they believe undermine the RFS law. The EPA administrator told the standing-room-only crowd that as regulators, EPA is not supposed to pick winners and losers. (Click for release from KS Corn)
According to a press release from EKAE, Pruitt defending his granting of “small refinery exemptions” but did says that EPA could reallocate the RINs lost from those waivers. He also said EPA is working hard behind the scenes to perform the legal work necessary to hopefully move ahead with a nationwide RVP waiver to allow year-round sales of E15.
Pruitt said he had “a candid and productive dialogue with Kansas corn and grain sorghum farmers on the Renewable Fuel Standard.”
After visiting EKAE, Pruitt toured a farm and formally announced that EPA has approved the registration submitted by Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC — a manufacturer of bio-isobutanol, as an approved fuel additive.