WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt’s commitment to proper implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works confirmation hearing, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:
“Mr. Pruitt’s remarks today, coupled with President-elect Trump’s campaign promises to support the RFS, indicate a clear commitment to ensuring the RFS will not be undermined by the incoming administration.
“The RFS has been a tremendous economic boon for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers, and it has allowed our country to improve the environment and drastically reduce its dependence on foreign oil. These gains can be fully realized provided Mr. Pruitt’s EPA maintains renewable volume obligations at the levels Congress wrote in the RFS statute.
“Today’s statements lessen rural communities’ concerns over the incoming administration’s more ambiguous previous discussions over the RFS. NFU looks forward to working with Mr. Pruitt and the EPA in support of proper implementation of the RFS in addition to other farming and ranching related environmental issues.”