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November 21, 2014

Inhofe's Statement on EPA's Delay of Ethanol Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Publics Works Committee, today called the Renewable Fuel Standard “broken” after the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to defer until next year final action on the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations. This is the third year in a row that EPA has missed the statutory deadline of Nov. 30 for finalizing the regulation setting the following year’s requirements for oil refineries and other obligated parties to blend alternative fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply. 

"The Environmental Protection Agency's irresponsible decision to hold off on an announcement for RFS requirements until next year is simply kicking the can down the road.  The EPA should have finalized the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations in November of 2013, and now U.S. refiners and other affected entities will pay the price with a government mandate that has become retroactive.  This only feeds the environment of uncertainty our economy has suffered with over the past six years, and is not how we should do business in America.  Today’s announcement serves as another reminder that the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken and must be addressed in a new Congress.”

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