Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau regarding retroactive biofuel blending waivers

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Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding
Retroactive Biofuel Blending Waivers

September 14, 2020


Andrea Casali
Media Relations Specialist
Illinois Farm Bureau®

The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the Trump administration’s Monday decision to deny retroactive biofuel blending waivers that would have exempted oil refiners from requirements to blend biofuels into their fuel mix.

“Illinois Farm Bureau appreciates the decision today by U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny the appeals of oil refiners seeking exemptions dating back several years.

“Our association fought hard to establish the RFS and strongly opposes the oil industry’s never-ending quest to chip away at its foundation. EPA’s ruling is consistent with a recent federal court of appeals decision, and we hope the agency will continue to resist any future efforts to undermine the law.

“In addition to thanking President Trump and the Administrator, we express our deep appreciation to the members of our Congressional delegation who have stood with us in this fight.”

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 378,237 and a voting membership of 77,909. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.