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AGRIBUSINESS: Comments On Ethanol Fuel Standard Sought

Posted on: 2:14 pm, December 2, 2013, by

Several weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to lower the fuel standard of ethanol.  This is the first week of the 60-day public comment period that runs until January 28.

People who want to comment can go to www.regulations.gov to submit their thoughts.  The proposed standard would lower the blends of ethanol and biodiesel in the nation’s fuel supply.

A criticism of ethanol are claims that older cars cannot support blends higher than E-10. The proposal could lower renewable fuels by up to 16 percent with biodiesel taking the biggest hit.

Multiple Iowa legislators oppose that plan. Governor Branstad says the EPA has declared a war on corn. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says ethanol has helped the Iowa economy.  Senator Grassley says Iowa is fighting ignorance.