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.
From today’s POLITICO Morning Energy:
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 industry."

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.