(Posted Wed. Oct 18th, 2017)
The National Corn Growers Association thanks Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for continuing to stand up for farmers, rural communities and biofuels. Senator Grassley, along with Senators Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) met yesterday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss concerns regarding EPA's administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including proposals to reduce RFS volumes.
“We would like to thank Senator Grassley for organizing the meeting and to all senators who participated for making sure EPA understands how important the RFS is for agriculture," said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “NCGA appreciates the senators' commitment to a strong RFS and their leadership in ensuring our voices are heard in EPA's decision-making process."
After the meeting, Senator Ernst released a statement saying “Our meeting today was another clear demonstration that biofuel-producing states will never stop fighting to protect the RFS. Administrator Pruitt again claimed today that he will not do anything to undermine the program. However, we have heard this before. We now need to see it. I will continue to work with the EPA, but they must prove to the agricultural community who put their faith in this administration that they will fulfill their promise to maintain the letter and the spirit of the RFS. We will not accept anything less.”