WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021. The EPA has committed to ensuring a net of 15 billion gallons of ethanol is blended in 2020, among other reforms.
“The administration has committed to reaching 15 billion gallons of ethanol-blended fuel next year, and South Dakota will hold them to it,” said Thune. “This final rule unfortunately falls short of the deal we reached in the Oval Office, and while the proof will be in the implementation, I am glad that EPA has at least recognized the compounded hardships the last three years of small refinery exemptions have placed on farm country. In addition to reducing the number of waivers and having more accountability, I am pleased to see EPA taking additional steps to build off our win to permit the year-round sale of E15, like by supporting an infrastructure program and reducing labeling requirements.”