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August 3, 2012

More than one-third of US Representatives urge EPA to waive ethanol mandate; Poultry industry hails

As the worst drought in a half century continues, a bipartisan group of 156 members of Congress is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act immediately to reduce the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate to account for the severe anticipated corn shortage.

Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Steve Womack (R-AR) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC) are spearheading the plea to the EPA because "another short corn crop would be devastating to the animal agriculture industry, food manufacturers, foodservice providers and consumers," according to the letter. The letter urged prompt action by the EPA to help ease short corn supply concerns that would save jobs across many U.S. industries and keep families fed. "We strongly urge you to exercise your authority and take the necessary steps to protect American consumers and the economy," the representatives wrote. Read More

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