ND delegation fighting changes to ethanol standard

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 9:43 am •  Published: January 26, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a deadline for comments approaching, North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing the Obama administration to reverse proposed changes that would significantly reduce the amount of ethanol in the country's fuel supply.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced in November it was proposing reductions by nearly 3 billion gallons in the amount of biofuels required to be blended into gasoline in 2014.

A deadline for comments on the proposed change is Tuesday. North Dakota's delegation has pressed federal officials to reverse their proposed changes.

The latest push came last week. Sens. John Hoeven, a Republican, and Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, signed onto a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy saying changes would make the U.S. more reliant on foreign oil and would hurt farmers and small-town economies.

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