LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has
denied a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to cut the federal
ethanol mandate in half for a year.
Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle said EPA Administrator Stephen
Johnson spoke to Perry about his waiver request by phone shortly
before Johnson was to announce the agency's decision publicly
An energy bill passed in December required 9 billion gallons of
ethanol be blended into gasoline from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 of next
year. Perry asked the EPA in April to drop the Renewable Fuels
Standard requirement to 4.5 billion gallons because demand for
ethanol is raising corn prices for livestock producers and driving
up food prices.
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