Rep. Axne on EPA's Proposed 2020 Biofuel Targets

July 9, 2019
Press Release

DES MOINES, IOWA – Today, U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA) released the following statement criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel targets for 2020, which would remain virtually the same as 2019 obligations. Each year, the EPA issues a proposal governing how much renewable fuels should be blended in our fuel supply in the years ahead in order to drive growth in the biofuel industry and provide more choices for consumers. The EPA’s proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2020 are significantly below market demand and fail to account for the billions of gallons lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) issued by the EPA.

“This rule completely undermines our commitment to rural communities and our farmers,” said Rep. Axne. “Renewable volume obligations are intended to be a market driver for our biofuel industry. Setting these targets without accounting for the billions of gallons lost due to small refinery exemptions is an insult to farmers and biofuel producers,” said Rep. Axne. “Even worse, the EPA ignored the 2017 DC Circuit Court decision to restore 500 million gallons of lost biofuel demand from its 2016 rule.”

As a champion of Iowa’s renewable fuel industry, Rep. Axne is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which would require petitions for exemptions to be submitted by June 1st of each year to give the EPA time to incorporate any approved waivers ahead of renewable fuel volume obligation finalization. Additionally, earlier this year, Rep. Axne led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) requesting the EPA stop issuing small refinery exemptions (SREs) to large or unqualified refineries.

Rep. Axne is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which would require petitions for exemptions to be submitted by June 1st of each year to give the EPA time to incorporate any approved waivers ahead of renewable fuel volume obligation finalization.

Rep. Axne led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) requesting the EPA stop issuing small refinery exemptions (SREs) to large or unqualified refineries.