JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Sen. Charles Grassley says farmers were "screwed" by the Trump administration's decision to allow some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law.
During a taping of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program Friday, Grassley was asked his thoughts on 31 refinery exemptions the Environmental Protection Agency issued for 2018 and approved after a review last week. He responded: "They screwed us."
Industry groups say the additional exemptions reduced biofuel demand by 1 billion gallons. They say previous exemptions the last two years reduced demand by 2.6 billion gallons.
Some in the industry blame the policy for recent biofuels plant closures.