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Trump's Ethanol Plan Miffs Corn, Oil Industries

New details of proposal are getting low marks from corn groups

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New details released Thursday as part of the Trump administration’s plan to boost ethanol are getting low marks from key corners of President Trump’s base: corn farmers and the oil and gas industry.

According to The Hill, the proposal gets to the heart of what has angered farmers across the Corn Belt — waivers given to small refineries that exempt them from adding ethanol to the fuel they produce.

“If the Oct. 4 announcement from EPA was a big step forward, today’s supplemental proposal is a step backward,” Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in a release. “This proposal is not what was promised by the administration.”

Ethanol producers worry there will be a major disconnect between the actual number of gallons of ethanol that are not blended into the fuel supply after the EPA doles out waivers and the number of gallons the government projects will be exempted.

Read the full report at The Hill.

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