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Trump Rebuffs Corn Farmers With Status Quo on Biofuels

  • EPA rule forces refiners to use 20.09 billion gallons in 2020
  • Biofuel allies say plan doesn’t fully offset refinery waivers
Corn stands in a field during harvest outside Walnut, Illinois.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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The Trump administration on Thursday set relatively flat quotas for plant-based fuels in 2020, rebuffing ethanol and biodiesel allies who said the targets don’t do enough to support the industry.

The Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to use 20.09 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2020, a 0.85% increase over the 2019 requirement for 19.92 billion gallons, largely tracking a proposal released in July. The agency is also sticking with its plan for adjusting blending requirements to offset waivers exempting some refineries from the mandates, despite criticism from biofuel allies in politically important farm states that the approach is inadequate.