EPA rejects production quotas in victory for corn farmers, ethanol producers

In a major political and regulatory win for corn farmers and ethanol producers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to grant retroactive reductions in corn ethanol production quotas sought by many oil refiners.Waivers from government-mandated requirements to make certain amounts of ethanol have been at the center of a pitched, expensive battle between the corn and oil lobbies during much of the Trump administration.Monday’s action by the EPA denied 54 waiver requests for years 2011-2018 that refiners sought. Earlier EPA approvals had increased waivers by multiples of what they…

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