Billionaire Carl Icahn has been relieved from a financial destitution to his oil refinery by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also was a former advisor to President Trump, absolving the Oklahoma provision from demands under a federal biofuels law.
The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program could save itself tens of millions of dollars due to the waiver applied to Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc. Billions of gallons of biofuels are blended by refiners within country’s gasoline and diesel each year by controlling as it prevents air pollution, minimizes petroleum imports and sustain corn farmers.
The Small Refiners Coalition, which renders organizations that run trivial processing provisions said that EPA is necessitated by the law to assist small refineries contending with these directives and that dispensations like these are important to their financial structure. It extolled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for safeguarding compact refineries notwithstanding proprietorship from the RFS requirements.
However, the dispensation of CVR’s Wynnewood, Oklahoma plant engendered condemnation from a corn state lawmaker and the commanding corn lobby which has already indicted Trump’s EPA of hackneying the hardship waiver program just like that disables demand for ethanol.
Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley castigated the CVR waiver and said that hardship is being defined as something else, not the millions and billions of dollars in surplus is not hardship. He also said that President Trump had pledged to sustain home-grown biofuels, and the promise is certainly being not followed by administrator Pruitt.