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Ernst, Grassley Receive E15 Award from Iowa Corn

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley received the E15 award from the Iowa Corn Growers Association for their work in the Senate championing year-round sales of E15.

Ernst and Grassley have been steadfast advocates for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy sources. Last year, Ernst and Grassley joined a bipartisan group of 35 other senators urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase volume obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel and ensure any small refinery economic hardship exemptions are appropriately accounted for in its final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Ernst and Grassley were also leaders in encouraging the Trump administration to approve year-round sale of E15 to help farmers and lower the cost of RFS compliance for oil refineries by producing more Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) which are used to ensure biofuels are being blended into our nation’s fuel supply.

“Iowa is proudly leading the way in corn and ethanol production. With strong support from the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Senator Grassley and I have continued to push the Trump Administration to fulfill President Trump’s promise of E15 year-round, which will boost our economy and provide Iowans choice at the pump,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “Thank you for this recognition; I’m humbled to receive this award.”

“Iowa is the number one corn-producing state in the nation. We are also the number one ethanol-producing state in the country with 43 refineries employing thousands of workers, boosting economic activity on Main Street and expanding the local tax base,” said Senator Chuck Grassley. “Opening the door for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol is a victory for Iowa farmers, rural America and the nation as a whole. I’m honored to receive this recognition.”

“We thank our champions Senators Grassley and Ernst on their leadership and unwavering commitment to Iowa corn farmers that resulted in the proposed E15 rule,” said Mark Recker, the chair of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Senator Joni Ernst with the E15 award from the Iowa Corn Growers Association.