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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.)

October 4, 2019

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) applauded the administration’s announcement to expand ethanol blending beginning in 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will partner to improve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and implement it as intended.

“Today’s announcement is a win for South Dakota farmers, ethanol producers and anyone that cares about a strong rural economy and job growth,” said Johnson. “I’m proud of the coalition of farm-state members that made it clear that we must maintain the integrity of the RFS as Congress intended.”

“By maintaining the integrity of the RFS and preventing the abuse of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs), as well as forward-looking proposals that cut red tape and build biofuel infrastructure, the Administration showed they are committed to rural America.”

In May, Johnson and Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced H.R. 3006 – the Renewable Fuels Standard Integrity Act of 2019. The bill would reallocate gallons lost through SREs that undermine the integrity of the RFS, ensuring lost gallons are included in any final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). Today’s announcement follows that intent and restores the integrity of the RFS by reallocating gallons on a three-year rolling average of waived gallons. Furthermore, the plan will roll-back regulations that have stood in the way of higher blends of ethanol and promote infrastructure investments for greater use here and abroad.