Democrat senators urge EPA to stop waiver “abuse”


By Amie Simpson, Brownfield

September 5, 2019


Democrat senators are urging the EPA to stop awarding small refinery waivers to big oil companies.


Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joined Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith, and Senate colleagues to send a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler this week.


“We’re calling on the EPA to stop the abuse of these waivers,” Brown says. “The waivers that the president gave to the oil refineries directly harm rural economies and farmers.”


Brown says the waivers are negatively impacting communities across the Midwest with 13 ethanol and eight biodiesel plants idling or shutting down.


The administration has said an ethanol-related package will be announced soon, but Brown says there is a bigger problem (waivers) that needs to be addressed...