Rounds Says No Reason Ethanol Standards Can’t Be Maintained Even With Small Refinery Waviers

Ethanol industry groups are contesting waivers the Environmental Protection Agency has given to large oil refiners that cuts back the amount of ethanol they have to blend into gasoline. South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says there should be no reason to short out the gallons of ethanol needed…

“We know that until the year 2022 we have an RFS; renewable fuels standard that should be…continue to be imposed and that means 15 billion gallons a year. And just because you allow some refineries to…to not meet that standard, doesn’t mean that the 15 billion shouldn’t still be met so, I think the EPA has a responsibility along with the Department of Energy to…to spread out any shortfall to making that happen.”
Rounds says the renewable fuels law is pretty clear…

“The other refineries have to step up and use more and actually put more ethanol in, to honor the law in the first place so, I don’t think you can eliminate the 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol that’s required by simply saying ‘There’s three refineries or 39 refineries that don’t have to meet it, therefore we subtract back…that’s not what the law says.”
Rounds says expanding the use of E-15 could help with the demand side…

“I think we should have one more opportunity to try to get more of the utilities in place; the infrastructure so that ethanol can be sold at E-15 levels across more of the United States. And I think if there are some incentive plans out there to help upgrade the pumping systems and so forth that would go a long ways in introducing ethanol to more of the country.”
Rounds says he would also like more information from the EPA on the refiner waiver process.