Branstad: Washington Hearing Pro-Ethanol Message

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he feels momentum is with Iowa and other farm states pushing the EPA to reverse a plan to cut the amount of biofuels blended into gasoline this year.

Speaking at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona on Tuesday, Branstad says he's hearing that the industry's efforts are getting the attention of officials in Washington. He continues to build a coalition of state and federal officials from farm states to fight the Environmental Protection Agency's recently announced proposed reduction in the amount of biofuels required to be blended into gasoline this year.

That would hit Iowa hard because it's the nation's leading ethanol maker with 42 plants. The state also is the nation's leading corn producer, which is used to make most ethanol.
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