Ethanol advocates urge EPA not to reduce fuel use mandate

A couple hundred ethanol advocates, including Govs. Jay Nixon of Missouri and Terry Brandstad of Iowa, turned out for an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., urging the federal agency not to lower its ethanol-use mandates.

The EPA heard from people including corn growers, ethanol producers and rural economic development officials that it shouldn’t reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, established by Congress in 2007.

Ethanol advocates say the RFS mandate is important because it helps create another market for corn, creates jobs in the ethanol industry and reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

The amount of ethanol the EPA is now prescribing — 16.3 billion gallons this year and 17.4 billion in 2016 — would still be increases from the past. But those figures are 4 billion gallons less this year than Congress legislated and nearly 5 billion less next year.

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