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Toomey: Expanded Sale of E15 Without Reforms is a “Missed Opportunity”

October 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump directing the Environmental Protection Agency to craft a rule allowing for the year-round availability of E15 gasoline:

"Authorizing the expanded sale of E15 gasoline without meaningful reforms for the U.S. refining sector is a missed opportunity that only benefits ethanol producers and their allies. This legally-dubious proposal does not address the high compliance costs associated with the government's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which threatens thousands of jobs at Philadelphia Energy Solutions and Monroe Energy.

"I continue to believe that changes to the RFS should improve conditions for both agriculture and the refining industry. Today's action is not only imbalanced, but also risks worsening air quality and hurting consumers."

Last week, Senator Toomey joined a bipartisan group of Senators urging President Trump to avoid this type of one-sided approach to reforming the RFS.