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In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s release this week of its proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation levels for ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson released the following statement, calling on EPA to address the larger issue of exempting oil refiners from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

“The damage inflicted on the biofuels industry by the EPA exempting major refineries from their RFS obligations far outweighs the minor volume increases in its proposed rule. Our corn and soybean farmers are fed up with EPA undermining the RFS, and the harm being done by the Administration’s trade war. Enough is enough.”