Blunt Applauds Renewable Fuel Standard Announcement

October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement commending the Trump administration’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) announcement:
“Today’s announcement is great news for Missouri famers and the biofuels sector. At a time when corn growers are recovering from historic flooding and facing market uncertainty, this agreement will provide a much-needed boost. I appreciate the Trump administration’s willingness to listen to farmers and take action to strengthen America’s ethanol industry. I look forward to working with the administration to ensure the plan outlined in this agreement is implemented in a manner consistent with upholding the 15-billion-gallon Renewable Fuel Standard and expanding access to E15.”
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 Environmental Protection Agency (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.