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Cites jobs impact and nation's dependence
on foreign oil as reasons for waiver request
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Iowa Governor Chet Culver on Friday requested
a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the sale
of E15 ethanol in Iowa. Culver made the request Friday to the U.S. Environmental
Reasons for the waiver request: Culver said boosting
the amount of ethanol that can be blended into the nation's fuel supply
will create jobs and help eliminate the nation's dependence on foreign
Culver sent a letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the EPA.
“Iowa has led the nation in the development and use of
ethanol,” said Culver. “By lifting the artificial cap on ethanol
blends, we can increase the demand on ethanol, reduce our dependence on
imported oil, and create new good-paying green collar jobs. As Governor,
I have never wavered in my commitment to ethanol, and believe that when
combined with other homegrown energy efforts like wind and biodiesel,
can play an integral role in building a brighter, stronger, greener future
for Iowa, and America.”
The following is the text of Governor
The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460-2403
Dear Administrator Jackson:
On behalf of the State of Iowa, I respectfully ask that the United
States Environmental Protection Agency approve a waiver to increase
the allowable ethanol content of gasoline to 15 percent (E15) as
recently requested by a consortium of ethanol producers under 211(F)
(4) of the Clean Air Act. The people of Iowa know that increasing
the amount of ethanol that can be blended into the nation’s
fuel supply will create green jobs, environmental benefit and help
eliminate our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
The combination of the current economic challenges, lower oil
prices and the near saturation of the 10 percent ethanol blend market
are weakening the foundation of an industry that saved the nation
hundreds of billions of dollars in oil imports in the past several
years, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The impact of today’s
recession and these market conditions on the existing ethanol industry
is great. The real threat is to the future of biofuels — cellulosic,
bio-oils, advanced biofuels. Declining private investors’
support for biofuels projects, and the focus, resources, and talent
needed to achieve an advanced biofuels future will be lost without
a market for the fuels.
I respectfully ask you to act quickly to take this critical step
to address the immediate struggles of the ethanol industry. The
State of Iowa stands committed to working with you and your agency
to ensure the success of biofuels in the future.
Thank you for your leadership and support.
Chester J. Culver
Governor of Iowa
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