Heitkamp criticizes renewable fuel proposal

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is criticizing an Obama administration proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Heitkamp met Wednesday with Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

Heitkamp says she told McCarthy that the EPA's proposal to change the Renewable Fuel Standard would be a bad decision and that North Dakota is a good example of a state where biofuels have created jobs and supported the state economy.

Heitkamp also gave McCarthy a more detailed letter outlining her concerns.

The EPA announced in November that it was proposing changes that would no longer require nearly 3 billion gallons of gasoline to be blended with ethanol and other biofuels by 2014.

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