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Ethanol production plant utilizing corn as a feed stock located in the middle of farm land in the Dakotas. photosbyjim/iStock/GettyImages

Coalition asks for Trump to nix appeal

10th Circuit Court ruling invalidates three refinery waivers.

The Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union continue to call for the Trump administration to implement a court decision regarding Small Refinery Waivers.

The court ruling, which was announced Jan. 24, stems from a May 2018 challenge. The Trump administration has sent mixed signals on whether or not it will appeal, most recently asking the court for an additional 15 days to consider a possible appeal. That extension expires March 24. If the administration follows through with plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated three refinery waivers, it “would be viewed as a stunning betrayal of America’s rural workers and farmers,” the Renewable Fuels Association, National Farmers Union, National Biodiesel Board and other organizations said in a joint statement.

Click here for a video created by the four associations.

"With the renewable fuels industry reeling from coronavirus, trade disputes and small refinery exemptions, now is certainly not the time for the Trump administration to take any action that would cause further pain for ethanol producers or the farmers that supply them," the coalition said. "The best thing they could do to support our industry and keep ethanol plants open is to announce immediately that they will not appeal."

 
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