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Agri-Pulse reports:

Even as the White House is trying to work out a deal with the biofuel industry on refinery usage exemptions, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is telling lawmakers that the waivers don't affect ethanol consumption.

In his first appearance before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Wheeler denied that the small refinery exemptions are causing "demand destruction" for ethanol.
"We've seen an uptick in ethanol over the last two years," Wheeler said. "So far this year, the industry has produced more ethanol than it did at this point last year; we do not see any demand destruction."

What about that biofuel deal? After the hearing Thursday, Wheeler said he did not know when the White House would be announcing a proposal to fix the long-running dispute over the issuance of small refinery waivers.

A group of oil-state senators discussed the issue directly with President Trump Thursday afternoon. Afterward, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., tweeted that Trump "is very engaged on the issue, and feels as if we can work towards a solution which protects jobs."

That doesn't make it sound like a deal is imminent.

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