Branstad Testifies against EPA Proposal to Reduce Biofuel Production Requirements


Governor Terry Branstad
Photo by General Frank Grass; Flickr

Governor Terry Branstad spoke at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing yesterday to oppose an EPA rule that would decrease the amount of biofuels required as part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

EPA’s proposed rule would reduce biofuel production requirements for 2014 to 15.21 billion gallons, 8% less than what was required in 2013. The reduction is based on decreased gasoline demand in the U.S. and a 10% limit on gasoline ethanol content for most vehicle engines.

Iowa was the largest producer of ethanol in 2011 and is home to 45 ethanol and 13 biodiesel plants. Read more about the proposed rule here and about Governor Branstad’s testimony here.

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