The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted to approve President Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator Nominee Andrew Wheeler. Wheeler’s nomination will now be taken to the full Senate body for a vote.

After today’s vote, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) sent a letter to Acting Administrator Wheeler signed by hundreds of 2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit attendees asking him to take immediate action to approve year-round E15 and restore Congressional intent to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small-refinery exemption process.

“As this nomination process moves forward, IRFA is thankful to Senator Ernst for her steadfast oversight of Acting Administrator Wheeler’s tenure, including impressing upon him the importance of meeting President Trump’s June 1st deadline to approve year-round E15 and the absolute need to restore sanity to the process for small-refinery exemptions to the RFS,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “While today’s vote gets Wheeler one step closer to becoming the official EPA Administrator, we need to see immediate action on the E15 rule and more clarity on potential changes to the RFS exemption process before we could encourage support for his final Senate vote.”