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Senators ask EPA to end RFS waiver scheme

An Iowa senator voices displeasure for Administration official with close ties to oil industry.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he is disappointed in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt’s recent actions to issue an ample amount Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers. Senator Grassley told reporters on Tuesday that he is leading a bipartisan group of senators, alongside Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), in penning a letter to Administrator Pruitt. The letter asks Administrator Pruitt to stop handing out hardship waivers to refiners without hardships.

Grassley says that 25 hardship waivers have been issued inappropriately.

When asked if he believed EPA Administrator Pruitt was carrying out the wishes of the Trump Administration, Grassley said he did not believe so. Going so far as to call Administrator Pruitt a “loose cannon”.

The Senator said that a victory was scored for the RFS with the increase to 15 billion gallons. However, Grassley points out that Pruitt’s waiver scheme has undermined such victory.