Trump Gave EPA the Go-ahead on RFS Waivers, Grassley Furious

Posted on 08/16/2019 4:31 PM

President Donald Trump phoned EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week and told him to go ahead and announce the small refiner exemptions (SREs) for the 2018 compliance year, according to a report from Reuters.

The news service said Trump told Wheeler he had “had enough” of the situation and gave Wheeler the “green light” to announce EPA was granting 31 SREs for the 2018 compliance year, siding with refiners.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) minced no words in expressing his opinion on the matter during a taping of the Iowa Press program that will air tonight, saying,  “They screwed us when they issued 31 waivers compared to less than 10 waivers during all of the Obama years.” He added, “And we thought that was bad.”

“What’s really bad isn’t a waiver,” Grassley said, “it’s that it’s being granted to people that really aren’t hardship.”

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