WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is putting
off a decision on Texas' request to waive ethanol requirements for
A decision had been due Thursday. But EPA Administrator Stephen
Johnson said Tuesday the agency needs more time to review more than
15,000 public comments it has received. Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked
the EPA in April to halve the ethanol requirement this year.
An energy bill passed last year requires 9 billion gallons of
ethanol to be blended into gasoline this year. Perry, a Republican,
wanted the EPA to drop the requirement to 4.5 billion gallons
because the demand for ethanol is raising corn prices for livestock
The agency said it hopes to have a decision in early August.
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