Democrats to investigate expanded waivers of biofuel standards

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin will be a part of a congressional hearing next week exploring the Trump administration’s expanded use of small refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Democrats in charge of the Environment and Climate Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced the hearing for Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time.

The hearing is entitled “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers.” Biofuel operators in Iowa and other corn-producing states have objected to the expanded waivers, arguing it has resulted in temporary closures of ethanol plants and hurt the markets.

Rep. Mullin is a Republican member in the minority on the full committee and the subcommittee.