Tricia Braid

Feb 17, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s approval of Scott Pruitt’s nomination to be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.

“Illinois Corn Growers Association has a long history of working on agricultural issues that are impacted by decisions made at the U.S. EPA. With the Senate’s approval today of President Trump’s nominee to the position of EPA Administrator, we can now move forward to continue that work.

“Top of mind for us is ethanol, of course, and Mr. Pruitt’s answers during his Senate confirmation hearing indicate to us that he has a thorough understanding of the Congressional intent behind the RFS. We were pleased to hear him affirm his intention to support President Trump’s position on ethanol, as expressed in the President’s supportive statements made on the campaign trail.

“Additionally, Mr. Pruitt has indicated he is prepared to seriously consider rules and regulations that have been promulgated at EPA, or on the other side of things, delayed at EPA, in order to get things moving in a way that is less burdensome to those of us that are actually out in the countryside.

“We look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt and the EPA under his leadership. There is much that can be done to give farmers the leeway they need to protect the environment while protecting their family’s future on the farm, by making common sense rules and regulations based on sound science and the law.”