Ernst says she’ll block EPA nominee over ‘gap year’ waivers
June 29, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: Iowa, News, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, Renewable Fuels
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she is going to hold up the nomination of Doug Benevento to be deputy administrator of EPA until the agency says what it plans to do with the so-called “gap year” waivers to the RFS.
Ernst says ethanol and biodiesel
producers “are sick of being yanked around” by the EPA and administrator Andrew
Wheeler. She says until the agency
provides some certainty on the waivers, no EPA nominee will be getting her
Ernst is a member of the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee. Without her vote, Benevento’s
nomination is unlikely to advance to the floor.
Ernst recently joined 15 other
senators in a letter to Wheeler, urging him to reject 52 gap year small
refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil companies that are trying to
circumvent a Tenth Circuit Court ruling from January.
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