Iowa Gov. Reynolds urges Trump Administration to reconsider ethanol waivers

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Iowa's Republican governor says it's not too late to change the Trump Administration's treatment of renewable fuels.

Renewable fuels like ethanol have become a critical big business in the state.

53%, or 1.3 billion bushels, of Iowa corn goes to ethanol production.  -Iowa Corn Growers Assn.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted 31 waivers to oil companies to bypass regulations requiring them to mix ethanol into their fuels.  Those waivers would add up to about 1.5 million bushels of Iowa corn.

"It's not too late," Gov. Kim Reynolds told News 8 about efforts to stop oil refineries from getting the waivers.

"Those were just issued."

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While the governor says she appreciates the Trump Administration's granting of year-round E-15 mixtures, she says she believes the White House isn't following through on promises of mixing 15 million gallons of renewable fuels each year.

She says the Administration is "not following through with what what we believe the President promised Iowa's farmers, families, and industry."

"When the renewable Fuels Standards says 15 million gallons they need to meet it," she told News 8.

Gov. Reynolds said she's talked with the President who argued the oil industry faced the closures of seven refineries if the waivers weren't granted.

"I said 'Mr. President, I understand that but the narrative that's next is going to be we've got ethanol plants that are closing down, bio-fuels industries that are closing down.'"

And she said ethanol hardships could continue throughout Iowa

"We have several that are concerned about burning through cash reserves."

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