Grassley Expects EPA to Alter Calculation to Ensure RFS Won't Be Undermined by Waivers

Posted on 10/22/2019 10:31 AM

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he expects EPA to heed public comments on a proposal to alter the way biofuel-blending requirements are calculated, amid biofuel industry criticism of its methodology. EPA needs to “show us, without a doubt” that a 15 billion-gallon quota for conventional renewable fuel such as ethanol will be 15 billion gallons, and won’t be undermined by refinery waivers, Grassley says.

Separately, Grassley struck a sour note Tuesday on the prospect of renewing a slew of expired and soon-to-expire tax breaks -- including a credit supporting biodiesel production and lower excise rates for beer, wine and spirits.

“Whether it’s the biodiesel tax credit or any one of the other extenders — 27 today and five more are going to be added by Dec. 31 — I don’t see the interest of Democrats in tax extenders like they’ve traditionally had,” Grassley said on a conference call with reporters.

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