Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) believes President Trump is getting tired of dealing with the biofuels small refinery waiver issue and he expects a plan will be announced soon.
During a call with reporters, Sen. Grassley said the biofuel industry demands are very simple. “We want 15 billion gallons to be 15 billion gallons…so that means basically you can waive all you want to waive for small refineries, just make sure we get 15 billion gallons.”
Grassley talked about meeting with President Trump last week along with other Midwest lawmakers to discuss a fix for the problems that an additional 31 small refinery waivers have caused for the biofuels industry. Grassley believes EPA is getting details of a plan on paper but he won’t “cheer it until he sees it.”
Reports this week indicate the administration proposal currently being hammered out would increase the proposed 2020 renewable volume obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard from its current 20.04 billion gallons to 22.386 billion gallons to include a 500 million gallon boost for D5 advanced biofuel, a 500 million gallon boost for conventional biofuel and an adjustment of over 1.3 billion gallons to account for SREs already approved.
Listen to Grassley answer reporters’ questions about the issue.
Sen. Grassley press call 9-17-19