Bill seeks to preempt EPA action on biofuels

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

 A bipartisan group of ethanol backers in Congress are proposing legislation to head off possible action from EPA on biofuels. Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to stop EPA from retroactively lowering the amount of biofuel that’s supposed to be mixed into the nation’s transportation fuel supply, a policy the environmental agency has reportedly been considering. EPA has neither confirmed nor denied it plans to make such a proposal. The bill, titled the “Defend the Blend Act,” H.R. 6071, has a few co-sponsors in the House and drew praise from biofuel groups and farm organizations such as the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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