Amid a packed schedule at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, news from Washington, D.C. still grabbed the attention of the ethanol industry. This story and more ahead in your weekly news roundup!

Trump reiterates support for ethanol and RFS

President Donald Trump reiterated his support for American ethanol in a letter, wading into the industry’s battle with independent oil refiners and billionaire Carl Icahn over whether parts of a federal mandate should be changed.

Trump sent the letter during the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, saying that he regrets not being able to attend. Renewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Dinneen read the letter aloud.

(Listen to Dinneen’s state of the ethanol industry address here.)

The letter came a day before the Environmental Protection Agency closes public comments Wednesday on whether it should grant an Icahn and oil refiner-led push to move the onus on responsibility for adhering to the so-called Renewable Fuel Standard. The law calls for escalating amounts of ethanol and biodiesel. Biofuel industry proponents oppose the change.

For more details, visit Bloomberg.

Ethanol groups congratulate, instruct new EPA chief

The U.S. Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. But while congratulating Pruitt, U.S. ethanol trade groups also urged him not to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard—especially the program’s point-of-obligation—and also overturn regulations that hamper the growth of E15.

“As Mr. Pruitt said during his confirmation hearing last month, ‘To honor the intent and the expression of the Renewable Fuel Standard statute is very, very important.’ We could not agree more,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen.

Read more of what industry leaders had to say about Pruitt’s confirmation at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.