The Nebraska Ethanol Board says some biofuel hardship waivers have resulted in handouts to the oil industry.
Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Roger Berry says that the Environmental Protection Agency has granted hardship waivers to refineries owned by companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Berry says their continued handouts to the oil industry comes during a time when heartland farmers are really struggling due to depressed commodity prices,flooding and trade wars.
Berry adds that securing access and demand for homegrown, cleaner-burning biofuels should be top priority from an economic and environmental standpoint.
Berry says the EPA announced they granted 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018. This follows the 54 waivers the Trump Administration granted in 2016 and 2017, which caused 2.6 billion gallons of demand destruction. These new waivers add another loss of 1.4 billion gallons, for a total loss of 4 billion gallons.