MN Corn president tells EPA to “follow the law” amid reports some gap-year waivers will be granted

The president of the Minnesota Corn Growers says amid rumors that some of the so-called “gap-year” oil refinery waivers will be granted, the message to the Trump Administration remains the same.

“Just follow the RFS and follow the law. That’s all we’re asking.”

Les Anderson is a corn and soybean grower from Red Wing.

He tells Brownfield when the 10th Circuit Court ruled earlier this year that EPA abused its authority when granting refinery exemptions, ag and biofuels groups hailed it as a major victory.

“But then all of a sudden (these refineries) come up with these gap-year waivers to try to get around (the court’s decision). So it’s just very frustrating, and we just wish they’d follow the law.”

EPA is considering nearly 60 gap-year waiver requests, some dating back almost a decade.

Administrator Wheeler has publicly acknowledged several issues with the filings, but says he’s waiting for the Department of Energy’s review before making a final decision. 

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