WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.)
submitted comments to the Federal Register, along with six other Midwestern
Senators, regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) supplemental
rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In the letter to EPA Administrator
Andrew Wheeler, Blunt expressed concerns about the manner in which the agency
plans to calculate the reallocation of biofuel gallons in subsequent years due
to exemptions for oil refineries.
“Agriculture is Missouri’s largest
industry which contributes $88 billion to the local economy and employs nearly
400,000 people across the state,” Blunt wrote. “There are six ethanol plants in
Missouri that produce nearly 300 million gallons of ethanol annually. Also,
Missouri is the second largest state nationwide with regard to biodiesel
“Catastrophic flooding, ongoing trade
disputes, and now EPA’s failure to uphold its commitment to rural America and
implement the RFS in a manner that is consistent with statutory biofuel volume
obligations only further hurts growers in Missouri who are already experiencing
a struggling farm economy.
“I trust that the Administration will
take the necessary and corrective action to produce a final rule that takes
into account the concerns that myself and others within the biofuels industry
Blunt has repeatedly advocated for
policies to promote a strong biofuels industry. In October 2018, Blunt
commended the administration for moving to allow 15 percent ethanol blends
(E15) to be sold year round. Blunt had previously advocated for the move in a
letter to the EPA.
In August 2018, Blunt led a bipartisan group of 35
senators in a letter
to the EPA urging the agency to increase volume
obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel and ensure any small
refiner economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for in its
final rule for the RFS.
full text of the letter can be viewed here