EPA Chief listens to ethanol producer's concerns

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, sat down with ethanol producers in North Dakota to hear their concerns about the agency's proposal to cut the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to below the statutory level. Ryan Thorpe, Tharaldson Ethanol's chief operating officer, told McCarthy the EPA's draft rule is sending a negative message to investors.
Al Christianson, a byproducts coordinator for Great River Energy, said there is strong demand for ethanol, with sales of E15 and other blends on the upswing. Christianson said use of E15, E30 and E85 gasoline has grown in the state.
Christianson said there was an increase from 6 percent to 17 percent of the Bismarck, N.D. market share in sales "when consumers got a choice." He said lower prices for the ethanol fuels play a part in the decision by consumers to use the fuel.

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