ETHANOL REPORT: IRFA Refutes Pollution Claims

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Iowa agricultural leaders are criticizing a new report on ethanol.

An Associated Press investigation found ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises.

The article accuses farmers of polluting water supplies with fertilizers while destroying wildlife habitats.

The Iowa Renewable Fuel Association claims AP reporters misled the people they interviewed and ignored the facts.

“They wrote in there the price of corn was about $7 this year. That’s not true. The price of corn has been below $5 more days this year than being above $7. That’s just a factual error. But they cherry picked the high corn prices to suit their purposes,” IRFA executive director Monte Shaw told Channel 13.

A senior editor from the AP issued a statement saying the story was the result of months of work and the AP stands behind its reporting.