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Donnelly Sends Letter to EPA Administrator

Shared concerns over 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Senator Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Ag Committee, today sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing his concerns regarding the EPA’s proposal for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposed changes to the RFS would decrease the volume of renewable-fuel production required, potentially undermining domestic energy production and threatening Indiana’s economy.

Senator Donnelly said, “I remain frustrated and disappointed that the EPA has proposed lowering the volume of renewable-fuels required in our fuel supply. Supporting domestic energy production like the ethanol and biodiesel coming from Hoosier farms is critical to lessening our dependence on foreign oil and boosting Indiana’s economy.”

Senator Donnelly hosted Administrator McCarthy at Kelsay Farms in Whiteland last November to allow Hoosier farmers the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns. Individuals wishing to comment on the change have until January 28th to do so here.

The letter was sent by a bipartisan group of 31 Senators.

Read the full letter here.

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