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Emmetsburg mayor speaks out against Renewable Fuel Standard changes

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EMMETSBURG, Iowa (KTIV) -
A new proposal by the Obama administration would allow a reduction in biofuels blended with gasoline.

The change could have a big impact in Siouxland, where a lot of ethanol is made.

That's why VoteVets.org and Americans United for Change called a question and answer session Tuesday to challenge changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
    
They say that the RFS should stay as is because of the boost it provides for corn growing states like Iowa.
    
Emmetsburg mayor Myrna Heddinger said that the construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in her town has created  at least 300 jobs. 
    
She says these workers have significantly impacted the economy in Emmetsburg.

"Those employees have been renting places here in Emmetsburg," said Heddinger. "And the places that they go for their noon meals, and the groceries that they buy, they've had an economic impact on Emmetsburg but also on Palo Alto County itself."

The groups also cited the benefits of ethanol as reasons not to roll back the biofuel levels of the RFS, including its impact on jobs, food prices and cleanliness.
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