WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on his efforts to roll back harmful rules and regulations. The Senator also addressed the EPA’s role in securing consumer access to E15, gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, year-round.

Senator Ernst asked Administrator Pruitt about the status of the Reid vapor pressure waiver to eliminate restrictions on E15 ethanol blends. Administrator Pruitt stated the process to determine the agency’s legal authority over this matter continues, but agreed this is an important issue for Iowa stakeholders.

Additionally, the Iowa Senator recalled a previous conversation with Administrator Pruitt last August where they discussed moving functions of the EPA and other federal agencies out of Washington, D.C. to regions across the nation where the decisions are felt firsthand. Ernst stressed that decentralizing decision makers would help prevent harmful regulations, like the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, from even being considered. Administrator Pruitt stated his support for looking at the benefits of locating “operational units” in each state to better serve the unique needs of an area.

Watch Senator Ernst and Administrator Pruitt’s exchange here or by clicking on the image below.

In her second round of questioning, Senator Ernst stated that as she travels on her 99 county tour of Iowa, businesses and manufacturers have said they are seeing tremendous economic growth due to the rolling back of regulations. Ernst asked how the agency will continue working to return power to the states and maintaining the current economic growth trend. Administrator Pruitt agreed that rules not rooted in statutes cause uncertainty for those affected by regulation, and that he will continue working to achieve “clarity, certainly, confidence” for the American people.

Watch Senator Ernst’s second round of questions for Administrator Pruitt here or by clicking on the image below.