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Refinery Workers Press Lawmakers to Ease Biofuel Quota Costs

  • Lobbying push comes ahead of potential White House meeting
  • United Steelworkers say biofuel quotas put refineries at risk
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White House talks about overhauling the U.S. biofuel mandate are buoying the hopes of refinery workers who fanned out across Capitol Hill on Wednesday to press for changes.

Thirty United Steelworkers members from more than a dozen independent oil refineries are lobbying lawmakers and Trump administration officials in the wake of a Philadelphia refinery bankruptcy they say could be the first of several amid mounting costs to satisfy annual biofuel quotas.