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The American Coalition for Ethanol is urging members of the U.S. Senate to secure evidence on Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s intentions regarding E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard’s small refinery hardship exemptions before casting their confirmation votes.

On Jan. 29, Brian Jennings, CEO of ACE, sent a letter to members of the Senate encouraging them to secure tangible documentation from Wheeler related to his intent to finalize a legally defensible Reid vapor pressure (RVP) rule causas del dolor lumbar parte baja espalda to allow year-round E15 sales prior to the start of the 2019 summer driving season, and his intent to reallocate ethanol blending obligations waived for 2016 and 2017 through the small refinery exemption (SRE) provision of the RFS.


In the letter, Jennings asks the senators to hold Wheeler to a high standard because of the harm done to renewable fuels by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Although hernia discal lumbar tratamiento fisioterapia Pruitt pledged to support the RFS and President Trump’s commitment to expanding ethanol use, he undermined the RFS by approving an unprecedented number of SRE waivers, which eliminated more than 2 billion gallons of ethanol blending obligations in 2016 and 2017. “Furthermore, he refused to reallocate those blending obligations to other refiners, as called for under the law, and failed to initiate a rulemaking to allow E15 use year-round despite the fact it is a priority for the President,” Jennings said. “EPA’s broken promises and abuse of the RFS compel Acting Administrator Wheeler to repair the damage by reallocating the blending obligations and finalizing a legally-defensible rule to allow escoliosis lumbar derecha E15 use before June 1.”

The letter references statements made by Wheeler during a recent Senate hearing in which he said that the agency is currently on schedule to issue a final rule to allow year-round operacion de columna lumbar recuperacion sales of E15 by June 1, but cautioned that timeline could be threatened by the recent government shutdown.

“The shutdown in not a credible excuse for a delay in the E15 rulemaking,” Jennings wrote. “In fact, recent history proves the Trump Administration can expedite high-priority rulemakings,” he said, offering the USDA’s newly proposed work requirements for recipients of supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) benefits as an example. The USDA was able to issue that rule at the direction of Trump in only eight days, Jennings said, noting the president directed radiografia de columna lumbar normal EPA to complete an E15 rule more than 100 days ago.

Trump formally nominated Wheeler to serve as administrator of the EPA on Jan. 9. He has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. He previously served as deputy administrator of the EPA. On Jan. 16, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on Wheeler’s nomination. During that hearing, Wheeler confirmed that the EPA plans to issue a final rule allowing year-round sales of E15 by June 1, but cautioned a prolonged government shutdown would delay those plans. The dolor lumbar derecho y pierna Senate is expected to vote on Wheeler’s confirmation soon.

“As we continue to evaluate your nomination to be [EPA administrator], it is important that we have a better understanding of our views and approach to administering the RFS and the agency actions you believe could alleviate costs,” they wrote. “Without an adequate proposal to meaningfully lower the regulatory burden of renewable identification numbers (RINs), we will have serious concerns with your nomination dolor lumbar izquierdo cadera.”

Within the letter, the senators reference EPA’s expected RFS “reset” rulemaking, and ask Wheeler whether the agency will use the rule to align applicable RFS mandates with actual conditions in the renewable fuels market, whether new volumetric ranges in the rule will take into account the ethanol blend wall, and whether new volumetric ranges will exceed the statutory cap of 15 billion gallons for conventional corn ethanol.

The letter also addresses a lawsuit in the U.S. court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hernia lumbar cie 10 regarding 2016 renewable volume obligations (RVOs). In setting its 2016 RVOs, the EPA used its “inadequate domestic supply” general waiver authority to waive 500 million gallons of renewable fuels. The letter asks Wheeler if agrees that the court’s decision does not require the EPA to reallocate the 500 million waived gallons. The senators also ask Wheeler if the EPA is considering reallocating those gallons or otherwise increasing escoliosis lumbar leve future RVOs to account for them. The senators also argue that the court’s decision suggested the agency might be able to use other waiver authority to sustain its original decision to waive these volumes, and ask Wheeler what the EPA is doing analyze the use of other ways to waive that volume, such as using its general waiver authority to argue severe economic harm.

In addition, the senators address the small refinery exemptions (SRE estenosis lumbar), asking Wheeler if he intends to continue granting SREs. The letter also asks Wheeler if he supports their position that there is no direct correlation between SREs and ethanol consumption, or between ethanol consumption and RIN prices.

Finally, the senators ask Wheeler about his intentions regarding RIN market reform, specifically asking him if the EPA is considering RIN market reforms that would prevent market manipulation and speculation. The senators also want to know if the agency is considering a mechanism to directly control the price of RINs, and whether the EPA is considering allowing exported ethanol to count toward statutory RVOs.

President Trump formally nominated Wheeler hernia lumbar to serve as EPA administrator on Jan. 9. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. On Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 along party lines to advance his nomination. The full Senate must now consider his nomination. A date for that vote has not yet been set.