Congressman Adrian Smith Praises EPA Decision to Deny RFS Exemptions

Sept. 24, 2020, 5:14 p.m. ·

Congressman Adrian Smith (Photo courtesy Rep. Adrian Smith)

Congressman Adrian Smith praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject dozens of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The program requires gasoline to have a certain amount of renewable fuel like ethanol.

Smith said the move is a major victory for Nebraska’s agricultural industry, which ranks second nationally in ethanol production.

"I know that there's been a lot of uncertainty just with the pandemic and everything, and I appreciate the president for his leadership on providing opportunity for the biofuels industry," Smith said.

Smith recently joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers asking President Trump to deny the requests. The agency is still deciding the fate of 33 more exemptions from 2019 and 2020.