EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt comes to Nebraska and voices support for year-round E-15, but says implementing it might prove difficult.
Pruitt tells the Common Sense Nebraska coalition he supports the increase ethanol gasoline blend.
“I am for the E-15. I think it should occur,” Pruitt states during a meeting held at the Nebraska Farm Bureau headquarters in Lincoln. “I think it makes no sense whatsoever for this country to face a situation where you can only sell a product nine months a year.”
Yet, Pruitt adds renewable fuel standards become quite controversial quite easily.
“This issue, with respect to RFS is not Mideast peace, but it comes close,” Pruitt quips, eliciting laughter from Gov. Pete Ricketts. “It may be ours domestically. I’m not entirely sure.”
Pruitt says any change in renewable fuel standards impacts a cross section of industries and groups, arousing passionate feelings across the country. He declines to guarantee E-15 will soon be sold year-round, stating it must pass the regulatory process.
Pruitt assures the Nebraska group the controversial 2015 Waters of the United States rule will soon become a thing of the past. The EPA, under President Trump, has moved to scrap the rule promoted during the Obama Administration.
Nebraska agricultural groups railed against the proposal, calling it a prime example of federal over-reach, claiming it went well beyond Congress’ intention in crafting the Clean Water Act. A redefinition of WOTUS has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget, the first step in the long bureaucratic road to eliminating the rule.
Those who support WOTUS contend it’s a natural extension of the Clean Water Act, because it would extend regulations to the source of streams, rivers, and lakes.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]