U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming applauded the Environmental Protection Agency Monday for their announcement of exemptions for 31 small refineries throughout the country.
Enzi said that he’s glad the EPA recognized that exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard are necessary for small refineries to compete. The senator added that the energy industry is essential to Wyoming’s economy and our nation’s energy independence. The decision to grant waivers for refineries that would otherwise see severe economic harm is good for workers in Wyoming and across the country said Enzi.
Under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, a small U.S. refinery can receive exemptions from requirements to produce renewable fuel if it can demonstrate that doing so would cause the refinery to suffer disproportionate economic hardship. Last month, Enzi, joined a letter led by U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, asking President Trump to prohibit the secretary of agriculture from influencing or interfering with the decision-making process over petitions for hardship relief from small refineries.