Trump, Iowa governor discuss renewable fuels: governor's office

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds on Wednesday about the renewable fuels standard as concern has risen from corn-growing states over the administration's ethanol policies, the governor's office said.

Reynolds had a "very positive and productive call" that discussed the "importance of renewable fuels to the Iowa economy," said Brenna Smith, a Reynolds spokeswoman. On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt met with senators to discuss ethanol. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said she expressed "significant concerns over the agency’s recent action to potentially set biodiesel volumes" for 2018 and 2019 at "substantially lower volumes."

(Reporting by David Shepardson and Emily Flitter; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)