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EPA Keeps Ethanol Mandate

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Ethanol producers and corn farmers are cheering. The Environmental Protection Agency is standing by a plan that requires 9 billion gallons of renewable fuels be blended into the fuel supply this year.

The Governor of Texas had asked the EPA to reduce the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard by half. He argued steering corn toward ethanol hurt livestock farmersand the economy.

Butm after receiving 15,000 public comments on the issue, the EPA has turned him down. It’s good news for ethanol producers and corn farmers, who benefit from the requirement.

In a statement, the EPA says it found no compelling evidence that the mandate is causing severe economic harm to Texas, and that the request does not meet the criteria of the law.

I’m Adriene Hill, Chicago Public Radio.

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