Iowa Rep Calls for Federal Probe Into EPA Refinery Exemptions

U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, is calling for a federal investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) expansion of refinery exemptions from blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Rep. Axne chose Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) to hold a press conference yesterday, the same site where President Donald Trump triumphantly announced the end of summer restrictions on E15 in June.

In addition to Rep. Axne, Mike Jerke, CEO and President of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, and others spoke at the press conference about how the these biofuel exemptions are hurting Iowa farmers and rural communities.

Audio file of Rep. Axne’s announcement and remarks from SIRE CEO Mike Jerke.
Rep. Axne press conference

Interview with Mike Jerke, SIRE CEO, at 2019 ACE Conference.
ACE Conference interview with Mike Jerke, SIRE