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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Discusses Proposed RFS Rule with EPA Administrator

Jan 17, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC [1/17/14] – Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) announced that he and a coalition of lawmakers from the Midwest met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator McCarthy earlier this week to discuss the proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard and the negative impacts it would have on southern Minnesota’s economy. He released the following statement.

“I want to thank EPA Administrator McCarthy for meeting with us to discuss our concerns. The proposed changes to the RFS will only increase our dependence on foreign oil and hurt our local economies. The EPA should abandon this misguided proposal. The RFS is working and we should allow it to continue working.”

The EPA recently issued a proposed rule that would hurt the biofuels industry by lowering the biodiesel target below current industry production levels and reduce the conventional ethanol target over a billion gallons. This would be the first time the Renewable Fuel Standard would set lower targets than are currently being blended by refiners.

The rule is in a comment period currently, which means citizens can write into the EPA and leave their comments about the rule. The EPA will then consider those comments before issuing a final rule. The comment period closes on January 28th 2014. Folks can comment by visiting http://www.regulations.gov and clicking on the “Renewable Fuel Standard Program; 2014 Standards” link near the bottom of the page.

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