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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Aug 28, 2013 2:20 PM Flag

    Ethanol makers urge EPA to reject request by oil groups to cut ethanol mandate

    Ethanol makers urge EPA to reject request by oil groups to cut ethanol mandate

    11:02 AM, Aug 28, 2013 | by Christopher Doering

    The oil industry has failed to provide enough evidence to support its claim that the Obama administration should lower the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2014, a trade group representing the corn-based fuel told the government on Wednesday.

    In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Renewable Fuels Association urged the agency to reject the petition for a partial waiver of the country’s renewable fuel mandate in 2014 submitted earlier this month by the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

    “The petition from API and AFPM does not satisfy the requirements of … the Clean Air Act, which clearly describes the conditions under which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may grant a waiver of the (Renewable Fuel Standard) requirements,” Bob Dinneen, president of the RFA, said in the letter.

    “The petition from API and AFPM should be seen for what it truly is—a desperate attempt to protect market share and block increased volumes of cleaner and more sustainable renewable fuels from entering the marketplace,” Dinneen wrote.

    The oil industry asked the EPA to reduce the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels to below 10 percent of gasoline demand in 2014. It warned a failure to lower the mandate would result in “severe economic harm” to consumers and the U.S. economy.

    The damage would come from a breach of the so-called “blend wall” – a level where refiners must include more ethanol into the country’s fuel mix than can be blended in at a 10 percent threshold accepted in all cars and trucks.

    Most motor fuel used in cars and trucks today contains 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. The EPA has until mid-November to review the petition request.

    The Renewable Fuel Standard, an eight-year old law that requires refine

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