EPA Abandons Changes To US Biofuel Program After Lawmaker Pressure

EPA Abandons Changes To US Biofuel Program After Lawmaker Pressure
The US EPA has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash.

In the letter, Pruitt said the EPA was prepared to work with Congress to examine the possibility of a waiver that would allow the sale of E15 gasoline, containing 15 percent ethanol, year-round - something currently not permitted during the summer due to concerns about smog.

Renewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Bob Dinneen said in a response to the letter on Friday morning that the U.S. ethanol industry was "grateful for Administrator Pruitt's epiphany on the road to the RFS."

The program disproportionately hurts mid-sized refiners and mom-and-pop gas stations that are the backbone of the nation's energy infrastructure and needs to reformed, said Greg Blair, a spokesman for the Fueling American Jobs Coalition, a group of merchant refiners formed to seek changes in the program.

"If the administration follows the course set out in Administrator Pruitt’s letter, manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states – jobs President Trump promised to protect – will be at risk," Blair said.

(Reporting By Jarrett Renshaw; writing by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Marguerita Choy)


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