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EPA turns down states’ request for ethanol waiver

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 16, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.

— The Environmental Protection Agency has denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol be produced this year.

That’s good for corn farmers, but it’s angered poultry, hog and cattle farmers. They say they’ve seen big jumps in corn-based feed costs as corn is diverted to make ethanol vehicle fuel.

States requesting the waiver say reduced corn production due to this year’s drought has made the problem even worse.

The EPA says it studied the effect of waiving the requirement and believes it would have had little impact on corn prices.

Among the states asking for help are Arkansas and North Carolina.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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LevitiCuss says... November 16, 2012 at noon

Yep. Using food for fuel is stupid. Plenty of other things you can make ethanol out of other than corn.

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TheBatt says... November 16, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.

The untold stories:

The $milliond in damage done to vehicles and small engines by ethanol.

The lower fuel efficiency of fuels containing ethanol

The cost to consumers across the board in good cost, fuel cost, transportation costs, and so much more.

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NONSHEEPLE says... November 16, 2012 at 1:34 p.m.

"The EPA says it studied the effect of waiving the requirement and believes it would have had little impact on corn prices"

Ron Paul has been saying for YEARS we needed to do away with the EPA and come up with an EFFECTIVE way to help the environment. Ethanol decreases our fuel economy which in turn makes us buy MORE FUEL and also increases the fuel tax revenue... Follow the MONEY. Wearing out injectors and engines prematurely also helps the auto industry. The fuel is "good enough" to keep the vehicle running past the warranty but not much further. Look for gas stations close to marinas as they don't put ethanol in boat fuels.

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ArkansasObserver says... November 16, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.

I've noticed that there are now many stations in Oklahoma that sell fuel without ethanol added. Price is only about 2 cents per gallon more. Wonder what it would take for Arkansas to follow suit.

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... November 16, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.

Get use to the big liberal Government telling you what to do, where to live, what to eat, where to work, etc. You liberal idiots did this be happy.

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SPA says... November 16, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.

Ethenol is one of those things that sounds great in theory, but has proven to be harmful in practice.

Hydrogen fuel cell. Increased mpg, no exceptions for "light trucks", aka SUV's. Get on with the business of responsible action to limit our fuel consumption, no more ducking and running. The USA consumes 25% of the world's petrol and most of that is due to the car culture, mostly, SUVs.

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