EPA Administrator Gets Cold Shoulder From Corn Growers

EPA Administrator Gets Cold Shoulder From Corn Growers

Inhofe told the paper he has requested a face-to-face meeting with Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to discuss the allegations of ethical misconduct dogging him, saying that Pruitt would be "in a very awkward position not to answer to me, and to answer me truthfully", if they sat down together.

About 200 people rallied in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, urging Pruitt to support federal ethanol mandates, the Argus Leader reported. They criticized him for granting waivers to oil producers allowing them to ignore ethanol-blending rules.

Pruitt said that it's important to understand that the EPA works alongside other government agencies to go through applications and determine who can receive a waiver.

In total, the event took about two hours and was closed to the public.

The Washington Post reported that he had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group - the Judicial Crisis Network - that has backed him for years.

Inhofe made clear to reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday that he was "absolutely not" calling for Pruitt to resign.

"It's not a decision the EPA makes in isolation".

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Pruitt was also under fire this week by a conservative nonprofit group from Iowa, which created a 30-second television ad this week and said "for the good of the country, Pruitt must go".

"Small and rural communities are the backbone of South Dakota, and they deserve better from the EPA", said Peterson, who serves as the state's assistant majority leader in the House.

Renew Kansas President and CEO Ron Seeber noted, "Administrator Pruitt learned, without a doubt, that the industry is frustrated".

A spokeswoman for Inhofe later told Reuters that while the senator is not ready to call for resignation, "he has concerns about the reports coming out and wants to hear directly from Pruitt" in a hearing.

Renew Kansas board member and President/CEO of East Kansas Agri-Energy, Bill Pracht, provided a tour of the facility's ethanol and renewable diesel operations before turning the event over to a lively standing-room-only conversation on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

"A spike? That's more than a spike". "I have taken the position that if that doesn't stop, I am going to ... be in a position where I am going to be forced to say 'Scott you are not doing your job.' ..."

Inhofe, in the interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, expressed regret about his disappointment with Pruitt, whom he called a "good friend".

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