Mentor, Minnesota farmer John Swanson doesn’t agree with the small refinery waiver exemptions granted by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Those waivers really undercut the idea of the intention to push biofuels into the market,” he says. “If companies can get around to doing it, it takes the value out of the proposition for the dollars that should be bought on the market for blending. It just doesn’t work.” Swanson was part of a roundtable discussion at Red Lake Falls, Minnesota on Monday night. He asked Minnesota Senator Tina Smith what was being done in Congress to address the challenges. “We have bills in the Senate to at least have better transparency so we know who is getting the waivers,” says Smith. “Are they really small refineries or are they part of bigger refineries who don’t want the competition from biofuels?”
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