SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A new study from an ethanol trade group says South Dakota could gain more than 2,500 new jobs and $400 million in economic activity if the federal government approves blending gasoline with 15 percent ethanol.
The national group, Growth Energy, submitted a "green jobs" waiver in March, asking the Environmental Protection Agency to allow gasoline blended with as much as 15 percent ethanol. It's now capped at 10 percent.
Two South Dakota legislative leaders, the state agriculture secretary and Growth Energy board member Jeff Broin of Sioux Falls said Tuesday the EPA should approve higher ethanol blends.
Opponents called for cautious and careful study and urged the EPA to deny the waiver request.
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