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Post Your Comment To The EPA

January 23, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

We have been providing you with information, recently, about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed change to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

In a nutshell, here is the proposal: The EPA?proposes placing a cap on corn-based (or conventional) ethanol at 13 billion gallons, cutting 1.4 billion gallons from the conventional ethanol cap that had been set at 14.4 billion gallons.

In my opinion, this lower EPA standard would directly jeopardize job growth and consumer benefits. With POET-DSM in our backyard, we have seen the benefits of ethanol first hand. We have seen job growth. We have watched farmers in the community take advantage of another use of their land by harvesting corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalks. We (consumers) have enjoyed benefits at pump with lower prices for fuel blended with ethanol.

When we think of these positive steps forward, why would we want to go backward? We are on our way to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. Let's keep that trend going.

Here's the latest:

E-15 ethanol gets market boost

Supporters see promise in decision by

Southeast chain to offer it

Ethanol industry proponents hope history repeats itself as the newest biofuel blend approved for most vehicles seeks to gain a foothold in the Southeast.

Mapco Express has announced it will offer E-15 ethanol this year in as many as 100 large convenience stores it operates in seven states, mostly in the South.

"Our focus for this program is our larger-format stores. The larger stores are in locations with higher traffic, and they have newer technology that lends itself to broader fueling options for our customers," Mapco spokesman Keith Johnson said.

How do you feel about the EPA proposal to dramatically decrease the amount of corn ethanol to be blended into the nations fuel supply? We have shared our thoughts with the EPA and we encourage you to do the same. You have until Tuesday, Jan. 28, to share your opinion on how a biofuels reduction would affect you, your family and your community.

Growth Energy has made it easy to comment. Visit and follow their simple instructions. After you have filed your comment, send the Growth Energy link to friends and family in other cities and states. The EPA needs to hear comments from all corners of the United States.

The EPA proposal could be devastating to agricultural communities such as Emmetsburg. Get online now and visit to post your comments to the EPA. Every comment counts.



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