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Reynolds stresses economic impacts of RFS cuts

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Governor Kim Reynolds says cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard biodiesel numbers could have economic impacts to Iowa’s farmers.

Leading a pack of several Republican governors, Reynolds sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposed changes to the RFS.

“We’re not taking anything for granted. That’s why we sent the letter. I’ll be in Washington, D.C. next week. I’m going to sit down with EPA Administrator Pruitt again. I have a meeting with Vice President Pence also.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a request for additional comments on reducing previously finalized volumes required by the RFS program. They want further reduce biodiesel volumes by 315 million gallons from the 2018 number.

“This is about economic growth in rural America. It’s about choice at the pump. Every conversation I’ve had with (Pruitt and Trump) they’ve agreed with that. I complimented them on their timely response but was not happy where they ended up with advanced biofuels.”

Other governors include Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Eric Greitens of Missouri and Sam Brownback of Kansas. The governor is holding a press conference in Pella this afternoon regarding renewable fuels.