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Senators urge strong RFS in letter to Pruitt

Two U.S. Senators have spearheaded another letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt – asking him to make sure strong blending targets for biofuels are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2018.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley along with 36 others signed the bipartisan letter asking Pruitt to see that the final rule is what Congress intended.

The letter says the EPA’s proposed rule maintains volumes for conventional biofuels but would be a step back for advanced biofuels and “unjustifiably flatlines” biomass-based diesel. The letter also says the EPA’s apparent intent to allow compliance credits on imported biofuels would reduce blending in the US and “create uncertainty for producers.”

Senators Grassley and Klobuchar wrote to Administrator Pruitt in March, joined by two dozen others, urging the administration to reject changes to the RFS that they said “would upend stability and predictability for small businesses and rural communities.”

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