DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SRE’s) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Gov Reynolds and Sec Naig also extended an invitation to Sec Wheeler to come to Iowa and see the devastating impact of these exemptions firsthand.

View an electronic version of the letter online here.

“The loss of these markets has taken a devastating toll on rural families facing one of the toughest years on record,” said Gov Reynolds and Sec Naig in their letter. “Ethanol consumption fell for the first time in 20 years, commodity markets are depressed, and many biofuel plants, including several in Iowa, have already slowed or halted production.”

Gov Reynolds and Sec Naig have stood alongside Senators Charles "Chuck" Grassley and Joni Ernst in defense of the RFS. Gov Reynolds testified earlier this year on the harm these waivers would cause to Iowa’s hard-working farmers. You can watch that testimony here.

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