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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was granting 31 Small Refinery Exemptions:

“I am glad the EPA recognized that exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard are necessary for small refineries to compete,” Enzi said. “The energy industry is essential to Wyoming’s economy and our nation’s energy independence. This decision to grant waivers for refineries that would otherwise see severe economic harm is good for workers in Wyoming and across the country.”

Under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, a small U.S. refinery can receive exemptions from requirements to produce renewable fuel if it can demonstrate that doing so would cause the refinery to suffer disproportionate economic hardship.

Last month, Enzi joined a letter led by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., asking President Trump to prohibit the secretary of agriculture from influencing or interfering with the decision-making process over petitions for hardship relief from small refineries.