Gov. Reynolds sends letter to President Trump; expresses “deep concern” about EPA direction on RFS

Date: 
October 16, 2017

Gov. Kim Reynolds sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday expressing her deep concern about the direction the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be taking on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Three Midwestern governors, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, signed on to Gov. Reynolds’ letter.

“Two weeks ago, the EPA requested comment on whether it should further reduce the total, advanced and biomass-based diesel volumes beyond the recently proposed (and ill-advised) cuts to the 2019-19 RFS volumes,” Gov. Reynolds said. “This action is concerning and runs counter to the president’s repeated commitment to the RFS and rural America. The stated purpose of the RFS is to grow demand for biofuels—to push the industry to innovate—and I encourage the EPA to remember that when finalizing the volume levels.

“There’s no question there are ample American feedstocks and U.S. capacity to justify a much larger biodiesel number under the law,” she continued. “The RFS revitalized our rural communities, bringing jobs and hope. Every 500 million gallons of increased biodiesel production support roughly 16,000 good-paying jobs in rural America.”

Gov. Reynolds has long championed biofuels, along with all renewable fuel sources. She recently testified in Washington, D.C., before the EPA about the RFS. Click here to read her testimony.

Click here to read the letter to President Trump.