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EPA decision lowering ethanol blend ‘not enough’

EPA decision lowering ethanol blend ‘not enough’
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to reduce the amount of ethanol blended into fuel in 2014 has come under fire as not being enough.
Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Jim Costa (D-CA) and Steve Womack (R-AR), authors of the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act (H.R. 1462), stated in a press release; “While the EPA’s slight reduction of the RFS for 2014 acknowledges that the mandate is unworkable, it is not enough to provide the much-needed relief businesses, farmers, and consumers need,’ said Goodlatte.
“Today’s announcement makes it even clearer that it will now be up to Congress to fix this broken mandate. There is a growing appetite in Congress to reform the ethanol mandate, and I urge Chairman Upton and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to consider the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1462) as a legislative fix to the growing problems with the RFS.”
The Milk Producers Council’s Rob Vandenheuvel provides some interesting perspective on what’s behind the EPA’s decision in his Friday member newsletter. You can read it at www.milkproducerscouncil.org/updates/111513.pdf.