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Peterson asks EPA to keep renewable fuel requirements

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency chief Wednesday to change her mind and retain current requirements of renewable fuel content.

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The EPA under Administrator Gina McCarthy has proposed significant reductions in the amount of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, that are used in the country. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, hosted a meeting Wednesday with McCarthy and others.

“I appreciate Administrator McCarthy’s willingness to meet with us and hope the agency’s final rule will take the concerns of our constituents into account," Peterson, who represents western Minnesota, said after the meeting. "The rural economy has been one of the few bright spots in recent years, due in large part to the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standards rule). Reducing the RFS would not only have a negative impact on jobs and the rural economy, it would also halt advances in the next generation of renewable fuels."

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