The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition is offering some advice to President Donald Trump on how to mitigate the effects of the small refinery waivers on ethanol and biodiesel producers.
Coalition chair and vice chair, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, sent a letter recommending actions the President might include in his promised “giant package” of initiatives for the biofuels industry, including:
– Request that EPA add the lost gallons to the pending 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations proposed rule
– Initiate another Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program through USDA
– Increase the minimum octane standard in gasoline to create an immediate market for more ethanol
– Direct EPA to enforce the Clean Air Act requirement to replace the aromatic toxics in gasoline with ethanol as a less expensive source of octane.
“Farmers, environmentalists, and consumers would all benefit from these actions,” the governors wrote. Governor Walz and Governor Noem also offered to work with the Administration to find solutions to address the impact the waivers have had on the nation’s agriculture community and ethanol producers.