Biofuels Industry Still Awaits Waiver Package

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s been almost a month since President Donald Trump tweeted that “Farmers are going to be so happy when they see what we are doing for Ethanol” and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told crowds at Farm Progress Show about “small refinery waiver mitigation efforts” underway that President Trump “really wants to announce himself.”

Secretary Perdue expressed the frustration that many biofuels industry stakeholders are feeling answering a reporter last Thursday about when the promised “giant package” will be ready for release. “For the president and myself, sooner rather than later,” said Perdue. “He and I have probably spent more time on this one issue than almost anything else and I know he’s ready to get a decision and move forward.”

Perdue made those comments at the same time President Trump was meeting with oil state senators who are fighting against any effort to increase the Renewable Fuel Standard to make up for gallons waived under small refinery exemptions granted by EPA.

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