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Smith Releases Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2020 RVOs

July 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today released the following statement expressing his disappointment with the EPA’s proposed rule on Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2020. 

“The RFS has benefitted farmers and consumers for years and has wide bipartisan support. Unfortunately, the EPA’s proposed rule does not take into account the ongoing abuse of small refinery exemptions. These arbitrary exemptions to the RFS are damaging its integrity. By not addressing the small refinery exemption, the 2020 policy proposed by the EPA diminishes any gains from the President’s recent win on E15.”

Smith recently led a bipartisan letter to the EPA to stop these exemptions and to reallocate lost volume from past waivers. He also is a cosponsor of H.R. 3006, which would require any waivers to be submitted before the volumes are determined, so they can be reallocated.