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Iowa Urges EPA to Honor President's Promise to Farmers
USAgNet - 08/22/2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SRE's) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Reynolds and Naig also extended an invitation to Secretary Wheeler to come to Iowa and see the devastating impact of these exemptions firsthand.

"The loss of these markets has taken a devastating toll on rural families facing one of the toughest years on record," said Reynolds and Naig in their letter. "Ethanol consumption fell for the first time in 20 years, commodity markets are depressed, and many biofuel plants, including several in Iowa, have already slowed or halted production."

Reynolds and Naig have stood alongside U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst in defense of the RFS. Reynolds testified earlier this year on the harm these waivers would cause to Iowa's hard working farmers.

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