Statement Courtesy of ISA President and Rippey, IA soybean farmer Tim Bardole
Ankeny, IA – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has once again broken its promise to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Today’s announcement backtracks on a pledge by President Trump to ensure future Renewable Volume Obligations would account for Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) based on a three-year rolling average of past waivers. This previously agreed-upon proposal would provide certainty to a struggling biodiesel industry including refineries and farmers.
Rather than restoring biodiesel demand based on the actual lost gallons, the EPA says it will look at past recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The EPA consistently ignored DOE recommendations for years under the current administration.
Today’s announcement further erodes farmer confidence in the administration’s ability to bring closure to the all-important issue of biofuels and its place in America’s energy future. With today’s proposal, countless farm families and biodiesel producers will continue to face lost income and further job cuts. More facilities will close as a result of the continued inaction and the economic losses it creates.
The EPA must uphold the administration’s commitment to restore demand based on the actual three-year SRE average, beginning with the 2020 biofuel standard and years to follow. The already-waning vitality of America’s rural communities cannot afford to keep playing regulatory games with the EPA.
ISA will continue to engage our elected champions, Senators Grassley and Ernst, Governor Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig to ensure a victory for Iowa’s soybean farmers.
Grant Kimberley, ISA Director of Market Development and Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director further explains the implications of this proposed rule: Listen now.
October 15, 2019
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The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) develops policies and programs that help Iowa’s more than 40,000 soybean farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. The association was founded in 1964 and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 22 farmers. It strives to be honest and transparent, fact-based and data driven and committed to environmental stewardship, collaborations and partnerships.