Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, U.S.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is continuing his effort to relieve the economic
burden of the job-killing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on oil refining states.
Republicans Press EPA on RFS: Thirteen
GOP senators, led by Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, sent a letter to EPA
Administrator Michael Regan on Thursday urging him to waive or significantly
reduce the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In
the letter, the senators cite declining demand for refined products and argue
that because renewable fuels for the 2020 compliance year have already been
produced and blended, a waiver presents "no risk of harm to the biofuels
The letter comes days after
EPA finalized a rule extending the compliance deadlines for refiners to meet
2019 and 2020 obligations under the RFS.
“We request your timely consideration of this request as obligated
parties under the RFS struggle with muted demand for refined petroleum products
and skyrocketing compliance costs,” the senators wrote. “In turn, the
states and regions in which these obligated parties operate stand to suffer the
precise severe economic harm the waiver provision is designed to prevent.”
The senators continued: “The renewable fuels for the
2020 compliance year have already been produced and blended. Thus, a waiver
presents no risk of harm to the biofuels industry. This necessary action would
provide a degree of relief for these states and avert additional refinery
closures and the ensuing economic ripple effects. If relief is not provided in
a timely manner, more refineries will be forced to shut down and placed
thousands of workers on the unemployment rolls just as the economy is beginning
to roar back.”
In addition to Senator Toomey, this letter is also signed by
Senators John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Bill Cassidy
(R-La.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Jim
Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee
(R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho).
You can read the letter here