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Senators object to plan to lower U.S. renewable fuel requirements for 2018 -letter

Oct 5 (Reuters) - A group of 38 U.S. senators asked the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to abandon plans to
lower biofuels requirements for oil refiners in 2018, according
to a letter made public by the office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
of Minnesota.

The senators, including Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of
Iowa, said in the letter that the EPA should restructure its
proposal for the 2018 version of a rule that each year forces
producers of oil-based fuels to include renewable fuels like
ethanol in their products. They said the agency should increase
the amount of biofuels that must be included in the products.

"The rule unjustifiably flatlines biomass-based diesel,
reduces advanced biofuels and reduces the cellulosic biofuel
blending target by about 25 percent," the letter said. "The
final rule should address these shortfalls."
(Reporting by Emily Flitter; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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