EPA Agrees to ‘Take Another Look’ at Biofuel Blending Rules – Harkin
by Cezary Podkul (Reuters) * 16 farm-state Senators urge agency not to cut biofuel blending quotas; * Despite EPA administrator’s assurances, major changes unlikely – expert; * EPA seeks to put biofuel blending program on “manageable trajectory”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to “take another look” at a controversial proposal to reduce consumption mandates for corn-based ethanol and other biofuels next year, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said on Thursday.
However, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stopped short of making any commitments to alter the proposal, now under final review, as she met on Wednesday with Harkin and 15 other U.S. farm-state Senators to discuss the controversial rule.
The meeting was attended by 10 Democratic Senators and six Republicans, according to a list released by Harkin. Several big corn-producing states were represented, including Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, which each had two Senators in attendance.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, who Chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, was also in attendance, along with Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s second highest-ranking official. READ MORE READ MORE and MORE (Iowa.gov) and MORE (Des Moines Register)